General

A survey of the literature on interlibrary loan in 1972-73 for the Association of Research Libraries showed that there was general agreement in the literature that most of the items requested on ILL were in English, with the percentage of such items ranging from 67% to 99%.              (Source)

Special

A study reported in 1975 of interlibrary loan requests submitted to the Information Dissemination Service (serving the information needs of health professionals in a surrounding 9-county area) located in the Health Sciences Library of the State University of New York, Buffalo, broken down into 2 samples (sample A: all requests during a 3-month period in 1972 from 4 major teaching hospitals, 1,802 interlibrary loan requests; sample B: a 10% random sample of all requests from a broad group of health professionals over a 3-year period, 1970-73, 2,280 interlibrary loan requests), showed thatEnglish-language materials accounted for 1,535 (85.2%) requests in sample A and for 1,903 (83.5%) requests for sample B. The next most frequent language was German with 46 (2.6%) requests in sample A and 53 (2.3%) requests in sample B.               (Source)

Dr. David Kohl

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