Dear RapidILL members,

This year the RapidILL User Group Meeting and Dinner in New Orleans directly conflicts with former First Lady Michelle Obama's opening conference address on June 22nd, which is expected to be heavily attended. Therefore, we have decided to instead hold the RapidILL User Group Meeting in Seattle in January, 2019. We will provide more information about the Seattle event before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, we will publish a special edition of "Rapid Rocks!" that will review Rapid's accomplishment over the last year and will provide updates on current and new projects. Look for that issue of "Rapid Rocks!" in mid-June.

The RapidILL suite will still be open for business as usual in New Orleans. We invite you to visit us at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place from June 22nd — June 25th. Our Open House suite hours will be included in the special edition of "Rocks!", posted on the RapidILL webpage, shared on Facebook, and sent to the Rapid listservs. Please stop by to say hello!

RapidILL invites you to visit during one of our drop-in Open Houses in New Orleans

100 Rue Iberville
Suite # 2526

Friday, June 22nd11:00am – 2:30pm
Saturday, June 23rd12:30pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, June 24th8:30am – 1:00pm and 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Monday, June 25th9:00am – 12:00pm
Our suite number will be posted here on the afternoon of Thursday, June 21st. If you would like to schedule a time in advance to meet, please send an email to or
We can also be reached at the following cell numbers:
Tom Delaney: 970-481-7811
Jane Smith: 970-449-3580
Mike Richins: 970-682-8677

Revolutionary resource-sharing

Articles, Book Chapters, and Books
Less than 24-hour turnaround time
94% or better fill rate
Innovative delivery options
Outstanding service to your users
Proven, measurable savings for your staff and library
Tiered resource sharing method that groups similar libraries to maximize borrowing/lending parity

Rapid to the Rescue

In the 2016-2017 academic year, the ILL department experienced a nearly 60% increase in the number of article requests made by our patrons. Since then, they have not retreated, and our article volume remains just as high.

Many of these were for articles in health-related fields, so our Docline EFTS charges skyrocketed. We were also spending more than projected in OCLC IFM fees for materials we weren't acquiring through Docline.

When we projected our ILL fee costs would double in the next fiscal year, I worked quickly to convince our library's leadership to implement RapidILL...and it was a lifesaver. The 2017-2018 academic year was our first full year on Rapid, and in one year, we saved $20,000 in ILL fees alone.

The RapidILL staff were very communicative and easy to work with, and the implementation went smoothly. Our patrons are pleased with the speed of delivery, the ILL Borrowing staff are pleased with the level of automation it brings to their work (so they can work on more complex tasks). And our ILL Lending staff were not overtaxed with an influx of requests from our new RapidILL library partners, due to RapidILL's ability to load-balance.

We are now implementing RapidR to save us even more on loan requests!

Jennifer Salvo-Eaton
Head of Resource Sharing & Graduate Student Services
University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMK)

Interested in learning how RapidILL will save your staff time and library money?

Click our Public Information link. Have a question about Rapid? Contact Rapid staff any time by sending an email message to:

About Rapid

RapidILL is a unique resource sharing system that was designed by the Interlibrary Loan staff at Colorado State University Libraries.

Following a devastating flood in July of 1997, RapidILL was developed to provide very fast cost effective article requesting and delivery through Interlibrary Loan. RapidILL was designed by Interlibrary Loan staff for Interlibrary Loan staff.

RapidILL has 4 features that set it apart from other resource sharing systems.

  1. The software that runs the Rapid system was designed specifically for resource sharing. Among its many features are automatic processing, routing and load leveling.
  2. The holdings database is tailored to resource sharing needs. The database matches requests down to the year level.
  3. Every RapidILL library signs a contract that includes peer to peer service commitments. Service performance is closely monitored by Rapid staff.
  4. The innovative RapidX feature.

RapidILL is composed of groups of libraries referred to as ‘pods.’ Pods are created to support peer or consortium resource sharing.

The ARL pod is exclusive to ARL libraries.

Rapid’s Academic E pod is home to sites listed in the Carnegie Foundation’s “Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education” as ‘Very High’ (RU/VH) or ‘High’ (RU/H) research activity universities.

Rapid’s Academic I pod is home to libraries listed in the Carnegie Foundation’s “Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education” as DRU: Doctoral/Research Universities.

The Academic M pod is designed for libraries listed in the Carnegie Foundation’s “Classification of Institutions of Higher Education” document as ‘Large’ (L) Master’s degree granting institutions.

The Cosmo pod is open to all Rapid libraries that are eligible for one or more of the Academic Pods, and is one of the most popular pods.

The ASERL, Boston Library Consortium, ConnectNY, JULAC, Oberlin, PALCI, Prospector, SECAC and Taiwan pods are private pods open only to libraries participating in those groups.

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Rapid Monthly Statistics

System Averages May-2018

Borrowing Requests Percent of Requests Filled Average Filled Turn Around Time (Hours)
102,107 97% 11.72

Current Members

Academic M
Academic Pod E (Extensive)
Academic Pod I (Intensive)
Australia and New Zealand
Boston Library Consortium
Medical Pod
Michigan Pod
Oberlin Pod
Academic M
Academic Pod E (Extensive)
Academic Pod I (Intensive)
Australia and New Zealand
Boston Library Consortium
Medical Pod
Michigan Pod
Oberlin Pod
Academic M
Academic Pod E (Extensive)
Academic Pod I (Intensive)
Boston Library Consortium