Italy’s MediaLibraryOnline experimenting with ILL for ebooks

I received an email message from Silvia Franchini in Italy about a new ebook ILL experiment with MediaLibraryOnline (MLOL), the first Italian network of digital public libraries.  MLOL operates in libraries in 12 Italian regions, in Switzerland, Slovenia and in the IIC of Tokyo and Osaka.  The program is in a six-month beta period to loan ebooks for 14 days across the MLOL network of libraries.  The news of the ILL program is in Italian.  Below I’ve offered a few summary items based on a google translation.

What is MediaLibraryOnLine?

MediaLibraryOnLine ( is the first Italian network of digital public libraries. It’s a web portal that provides (free!) access to music, films, e-books, daily newspapers, audiobooks and much more besides. For more detailed information on MediaLibraryOnLine, check out the page “About MLOL” in the “Info” menu on the portal, for a detailed presentation brochure.

Digital Interlibrary Loan – program summary based on a google translation of the original news release in Italian.

The Digital interlibrary loan is a new service that allows users to access a much larger collection by borrowing eBook titles from other library systems that your library has not yet purchased.  The service – exclusive to MLOL – stems from an agreement between MLOL , librarians and publishers to experiment with a more efficient way to circulate e-books between Italian libraries.   Users may borrow eBooks for 14 days.  eBooks in the ILL program are designated with a digital library loan icon on the book jacket image.  If a title is in use, a user may request it. Users may filter search results by the titles from the collections of other libraries with “E-BOOK FROM OTHER LIBRARIES” on the search portal home page.

The service in in beta for six months – from 30 October 2013 to 30 April 2014 – after which it will be evaluated for a possible permanent service.