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Loansome Doc Retirement Transition Toolkit for Libraries

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Loansome Doc will retire on July 1, 2019. This toolkit is intended to assist DOCLINE libraries that offer the service.

Please consider whether or not you will continue to provide articles (document delivery) to users of your Loansome Doc service.


Suggested Messaging from Libraries to Loansome Doc Users

Dear Loansome Doc user,
On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will retire the Loansome Doc system. You are a registered user and may currently be using Loansome Doc from within PubMed to request articles from your campus or institutional library. The system is closing due to a continued decrease in use that peaked in 2002.

PubMed remains your key source for indexed, peer-reviewed literature. Copies of many articles are available for free, others for purchase, see "How to Get the Journal Article."

In addition to PubMed, the following resources offer access to journal articles:

If you have any questions, please send them to your campus or institutional library. You can find the contact information for the library that provides your Loansome Doc service displayed on the My Account page in Loansome Doc.


Library "To Do" Checklist

  1. Decide what future document delivery options your library will offer
  2. Produce lists of patron information
  3. Communicate upcoming changes in document delivery services to your patrons
  4. If your library decides to end document delivery services, close all patron accounts or records in your own systems
  5. Update any library-owned web pages that reference Loansome Doc


Patron List Creation and Managment


Alternative Methods to Receive Requests From Users


Loansome Doc Retirement Presentation, January 31, 2019

Last Reviewed: August 2, 2019