Expand your collection with cost-effective Resource Sharing.
An award-winning, cost-saving borrowing solution for libraries that conveniently gives patrons access to more materials and a better discovery experience. View the roadmap for planned product updates.
INN-Reach Takes Resource Sharing to the Next Level
This user-initiated consortial borrowing system enables participating libraries to dramatically increase the amount of materials they offer, reduce fulfillment time, and raise their profile and visibility in their user communities.
We surveyed Resource Sharing customers about their experiences
Here’s what they said:
Time spent processing
SHARED RESOURCES
REDUCED BY 70%
Time spent creating
SHARED RESOURCES WAS
CUT IN HALF
They also experienced a
70% REDUCTION IN EXPENSES
WITH RESOURCE SHARING
AND A 5% INCREASE
in budget by being able to
BETTER REPORT ON VALUE
Increases Speed and Convenience
Automatic system matches can cut paperwork time in half and deliver requested items in just days.
Improves Patron Satisfaction
Participants in INN-Reach systems are able to distribute items in as little as two days because the system does much of the work automatically. INN-Reach leverages the information in the central database to automatically locate the best possible lending library for the fastest turnaround possible.
Simplifies Daily Staff Use
Resource sharing uses the same barcodes and workflows. No special training is required to process requests.

Access
Millions of books available from within INN-Reach participating libraries

Patron convenience
They can make online catalog requests for materials directly from a bibliographic record. INN-Reach Catalog is a combined database of the holdings from all the local servers that contribute to the INN-Reach Central Server. The Catalog comprises master bibliographic records and detailed holdings from the sites that own copies of those records.

Open participation
Non-Innovative customers can participate in an INN-Reach system using the Resource Sharing Broker (RSB) software or the Direct to INN-Reach (D2IR) Application Protocol Interface (API).

Pickup anywhere
Patrons select pickup locations and can return them to any participating INN-Reach library

ArticleReach
ArticleReach, a consortial borrowing system, provides access to print or full-text electronic articles not available from local libraries.
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Polaris
Sierra
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RESOURCES
Resource Sharing streamlines back-office workflows
This fact sheet explains how Innovative Resource Sharing automates processes and reporting.
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Resource Sharing reduces library services overhead
See quick examples of how Innovative clients have reduced costs significantly, based on research from a leading firm.
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Expand your collections cost-effectively
Innovative Resource Sharing has provided libraries with a convenient and cost-effective way to give patrons access to the best materials available through a faster delivery and better discovery experience.
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84% of surveyed customers rate Innovative’s implementation as better than the competition.
Source: TechValidate survey of 543 users of Sierra (2019)
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
“We have found it to be an indispensable service for our libraries. It is rock solid and brings together libraries using many different integrated library systems platforms under one roof. It is a unifying factor in our region.”
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