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Short-term Loans (STLs) provide a cost-effective way to offer users access to a wide range of titles, without having to purchase the entire ebook. Many libraries offer STLs as part of their Demand-driven Acquisition programs. ProQuest’s STLs are flexible, allowing libraries to choose the number and duration based on parameters of their choice such as ebook price, publication date, and subject. STLs can be mediated or unmediated.
A growing number of libraries such as Northumbria University, Newcastle are also supplementing their traditional ILL programs with STL, reducing time and cost.