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Filled request: An interlibrary loan request is counted as filled at the time fill is completed. Requests which are canceled, or for which materials are missing or lost, are not counted as filled. Requests which result in placing a hold on material are not counted as filled until the material is actually sent to the requesting library. Requests that are referred are counted as filled when the material is sent to the requesting library.

FirstSearchThe user interface we use to search WorldCat.

Group CatalogA way of arranging WorldCat which allows user to easily search various subsets of WorldCat, or the entire WorldCat database.  Scopes and their definitions include:

Interlibrary loan: The process by which library materials or photocopies are requested, or supplied, from one library to another.

OCLC:  The vendor of both WorldCat and FirstSearch.

"Outerlibrary loan":  The term we use for borrowing and lending of materials to libraries outside the South Central Library System. 

Referred request: An request which cannot be filled within a library system may be referred, through proper channels, to libraries outside the system, and in turn, outside the state, if necessary.

Requesting library: The library which requests material from another library.

Supplying library: The library which supplies material requested from another library.

System clearinghouse: The organization within a library system which receives and refers loan requests on behalf of libraries within the system area. The clearinghouse may also serve as a resource library for the system.

WorldCat:  The worldwide union catalog database we use for outerlibrary loan.

For more information about Interlibrary Loan, contact Jean Anderson.

For information about placing OuterLibrary Loan requests for your patrons, contact Madison OuterLibrary Loan Office by email or at 608-266-6302.