Booking for Interlend 2023 is now open!

Interlend 2023 will be online again this year, held on Wednesday 5th July 2023 10:00-16:30

We have a varied programme which we hope will be of interest across the different sectors represented by our members and more widely.

Book your place here

FIL members – FREE!!
Non-members: £40

Notice of the FIL Annual General Meeting:
FIL members please note that the AGM is included in the Conference Programme. If you wish to raise any issues please forward them to Caroline, (Caroline Long our secretary, by no later than Wednesday, June 14th 2023 so that they can be included in the Agenda, which will then be circulated to members in advance of the meeting.

A Reminder about the FIL Interlending Awards

FIL Interlending Awards: Nominations
Help us celebrate the amazing service the ILL community provides. You can nominate yourself, your team or someone else entirely. The categories are:

  • Innovation in Interlending: There are always lots of changes and developments in our field. Have you tried something new and amazing? Invented a new way of working? Let us know!
  • Interlending – Above and Beyond: We are looking for individuals or teams who have gone way beyond normal working practice to help another individual or an institution within interlending.
  • Interlending – Rarest or most Random: Have you tracked down the last copy in existence or supplied something to an unusual library? Now is your chance for your story to shine.

(Nominations for the above three categories should be for work done within the last 12 months).

  • Lifetime Achievement: We are looking to celebrate someone who within their working life has made a difference, year on year within Interlending. Is that you, or someone you know?

Please send your nomination of no more than 300 words, clearly identifying the nominee and category, to our chair Amanda Foster, [] before 21st June.

Winners will be announced at Interlend 2023.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

FIL Online February 2023

We’re pleased to announce that bookings are now open for our first event of the year, FIL Online February 2023, which will take place on Wednesday 8th February 2023.  We have a packed programme of talks for Interlending professionals and I’m sure there’ll be something for everyone.

Book your place here.


Time Topic Speaker
10.30 – 10.35 Chair’s welcome Amanda Foster
10.35 – 10.55 ILL at the University of Liège François Renaville  (Uni of Liège)
10.55 – 11.15 Advice for ILL across the EU border Matt Voigts (IFLA)
11.25 – 11.45 ILL and Copyright Kate Vasili  (Middlesex University)
11.45 – 12.15 Open Access: changes in publishing Leah Maughan (Northumbria University)
12.15 – 12.45 Lunch Break
12.45 – 13.25 OCLC update: Exceed your library users’ expectations with fast interlibrary loan Gemma Burke (OCLC)
13.25 – 13.40 NHS ILL and SWIRLs Stella Scott (Hants healthcare library)
13.50 – 14.00 BL updates Jo Cox (British Library)
14.00 – 14.35 Adventures in E-book lending: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation Marc Hoffeditz (Tufts University)
14.35 -15.05 Licensing and the Interlibrary Lending of Ebooks: Opening Doors at the University of Connecticut Library Michael Rodriguez, Erika McNeil, Stan Huzarewicz (University of Connecticut)
15.05- 15.15 Discussion around the Covid spreadsheet and closing Amanda Foster


The event will be hosted on Zoom and run from 10:30 – 15:15 and there should be plenty of places for all. Instructions and the link to join the event will be sent to registered attendees a couple of days before the event.


FIL members – FREE

Non-Members: £40

Booking closes on Friday 3rd February 2023 so don’t delay, book your place TODAY! After booking your confirmation will appear on the screen, but if you have any questions then please email us at:

Interlend 2022: Bringing ILL Communities Together

Summer FIL Conference 2022: Bringing ILL Communities Together

Weds June 29th 2022  Online

10.00 – 16.15


Time Subject Speaker
10.00 – 10.05 Chair’s welcome Amanda Foster (Northumbria)
10.05 – 10.20 Rapid ILL – workflows Carl Jones (Edinburgh)
10.20 – 10.35 Rapid ILL and Worldshare Alison Dyer (UEA)
10.35 – 11.00 NULJ – National Union List of Journals Stuart Glover (Uni hospitals Leicester)
11.00 – 11.10 Comfort break
11.10 – 11.25 Future events discussion Committee
11.25 – 11.40 NICE TBC
11.40 – 12.10 Alma Resource sharing Amanda Foster
Lee Blyth
Rebecca Turpin (Leeds)
12.10 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 13.20 AGM (members only) Committee
13.20 – 13.40 House of Commons Library  Greg Howard

Annabel Gladstone

13.40 – 13.55 BL update Jo C (BL)
13.55 – 14.10 Comfort break
14.10 – 15.00 ProQuest e-book lending Whitney Murphy
15.00 – 16.00 Article Galaxy for Academic (reprints) TBC
16.00 – 16.15 Awards and Closing Chair


Please use our Online Booking Form to secure your place. Click Here

FiL Online February event Weds Feb 9th 2022



10.30 – 10.35 Chair’s welcome Amanda Foster
10.35 -11.10 “CDL and Interlending: from theory to reality?” Kevin O’Donovan
11.10 -11.35 “Document Delivery at the Drill Hall – 3 Universities with One Shared Library” Claire Baldwin
11.35 – 12.00


“Variety is the Spice of Life. Alternative Formats: My Journey So Far” Masniza Sore


British Library Alternative Formats Service Jo Cox
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch  
13.00 – 13.40 “Consortial working: WHELF” Bronwen Blatchford
13.40 – 14.20 Committee led discussion sessions

a) Elsevier repercussions

b) Hybrid working

FIL committee
14.20 – 14.40 British Library Update Jo Cox
14:40 – 14:50 Chair’s closing comments Amanda Foster

Please use our Online Booking Form to secure your place. You should receive an auto-confirmation of your place, but we will only circulate the link for joining a couple of days in advance of the event.

Interlend 2021 – Do you want to be our sponsored delegate?

The Forum for Interlending (FIL) is offering sponsored delegate places at the forthcoming Interlend 2021 conference, to be held online on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

The sponsorship award covers the cost of attendance at the conference.

To be considered, an email application should be sent to the FIL Chair, Claire Hordern

This should include:
1. Full name
2. Contact details (email, telephone number, address)
3. Note of availability to attend conference if award is granted
4. Brief explanation of why you wish to attend, as well as the value that you and your organisation would gain from attendance at Interlend 2021 (200-300 words)

The Committee especially welcomes applications from new professionals, library students and NHS and public sector library staff.

As a condition of the award, the successful applicant is required to submit a report, evaluation or critical appraisal of the conference by the end of August 2021.  These will be published in a forthcoming issue of the FIL Journal, as well as being used on the Forum’s website with elements being reused in future FIL publicity as deemed appropriate.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 1 June 2021.  The Committee aims to notify the successful and unsuccessful applicants of their decision within 5 working days of the closing date.

The FIL Committee will consider all applications and make the award to the applicant whom they believe would gain the most demonstrable benefit from attendance.

Good luck!​