I don't know about an ILS that would do this, but there used to be an
open-source software package called The Distributed Library Project that was
geared toward this kind of sharing model. Alas, I can't find any downloads
of the software online anymore, but I did find two instances of it running:
Also, someone has created a Wikipedia stub on Distributed Libraries that
mentions a site called Unlibrary that facilitates this kind of sharing.
On Sat, Oct 2, 2010 at 8:58 AM, ... <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Reading my original post, perhaps I should have made the important point
> more clear.
> My question is about an ILS suitable for a library that does not own its
> books, but is borrowing those books from patrons. The books all have
> end dates associated with them. Book lenders are very similar to book
> borrowers, and they require end of day processing to see if any of the
> library's books are due back to them, in the same way borrower's books are
> due back to the library.
> So, in the last two posts which mentioned "simple borrowing", that is what
> am wanting, but for the library to be simply borrowing the books AND for
> patron to simply borrow those same books out of the library.
> Book lenders and book borrowers are essentially the same, except lenders
> first check a book in, and the due date is when the book leaves the
> and book borrowers check books out and then back in again. Of course, many
> book borrowers are also lenders.
> Are any currently existing open source ILSs flexible enough to support
> Sorry for the confusion,