Thursday, April 10, 2008

Interlibrary loan fees

www.countway.harvard.edu/ill
So I was requesting some articles through the Countway Library for articles from journals that Harvard doesn't subscribe to. They charge $18 for each article!!! This is crazy! I requested 7 today, which cost $126 !!! Fortunately, I don't have to pay for this out of my own pocket, but poor students do! I miss my school days when lnterlibrary loans were free..

2 comments:

Brian Saint-Paul said...

Yes, those journal "services" are mercenary. We deal with some of them with Crisis and InsideCatholic, and I'm always shocked by the extortionist prices they're able to demand. And because the expense falls on an institution and not an individual (who would balk at paying that out of pocket), they're able to get away with it.

Quite a racket, really.

ScholarChanter said...

Starting July, they are lowering the fee to $5. Yay! For copyright reasons, they can't send an electronic article in PDF. They have to print it, then scan it and send it - that's crazy!!!