There is no one decision-making model of best practice or organizational structure across IRLA institutions, as one might find in academic libraries.
By focusing on rare materials in specific areas and by building eminent, noncirculating collections, an IRLA institution "supplements" the special collections in academic libraries in a meaningful way.
New constituencies sought by some IRLA institutions and actively served by all their Web sites are secondary teachers and students, undergraduate students,journalists, writers, artists, and families.
Many IRLA libraries have offered research fellowships (both pre- and post-doctorate) supported by grant funds received from NEH, the Andrew W.
In regard to digital access, now all IRLA libraries have Web sites that may be used by their constituencies and the general public.
Now some digital content is coming out of IRLA libraries and being made available as a part of RLG Cultural Materials, a database of digital images and text to which any library may subscribe.
It has been difficult for IRLA libraries to keep up with academic libraries in making digital products available commercially to their readers.