Interlibrary Loan Guidelines
An interlibrary loan (ILL) service is provided for our current library patrons in good standing to borrow books, journal articles, visual media and sound recordings not owned by the library. You must have a library card to request interlibrary loans.
When requesting material:
- Look in the online catalog/library databases to be sure this library does not already own and/or have access to the desired material. If the library has the item, you may not request it even if it is currently checked out. In this case, you will need to place a hold request.
- Plan a minimum of one week to receive the material (some items may take longer).
- Use the appropriate online submission form.
- If requesting multiple items, please submit in order of priority. Each item must be submitted separately. If you submit a request for more than one item on a form, only the first one will be filled.
- Indicate on the form if and how much you are willing to pay for material if necessary. Most items can be borrowed from libraries which do not charge us. However, if we can only find your request from libraries that do charge (normally $25 an item or higher) , we must pass the charge on to you. We will call you before the request is placed if there is a charge.
Restrictions may apply:
- All users: overdue fines and/or outstanding library bills may be grounds for refusal to fill requests. Past abuse of the interlibrary loan service such as not picking up material requested or not returning ILLs on time may also be grounds for refusal.
- Community users: limited to two requests at a time and requests may be delayed or not filled during times of heavy student/employee usage.
- Textbooks or any materials placed on reserve by LFCC instructors are not available through ILL.
Other things to consider:
- Borrower is responsible for the care of items borrowed, including returning material on time.
- Media such as audiovisual material, audio books, CD and DVD ROMS are extremely hard to obtain as interlibrary loans due to their fragility and higher replacement costs. Some libraries do not accept ILL requests at all and others are very restrictive such as shorter loan periods, no renewals, etc. We will attempt to order materials in these formats for you but we have no control over refusals, restrictions, etc. If you request these materials, you are agreeing to accept the lender's terms once you have picked the item up. If we are given advance notice of restrictions, we will attempt to contact you first but many times we do not know of restrictions until the item arrives.
- Renewals should be requested one week in advance of due date. Not all institutions allow renewal.
- Overdue material is fined at $10 per item beginning the day after the item is due. ILL fines are handled the same way as ordinary library fines, which may affect the ability to check out material, receive grades, transcripts, etc. until the item is returned and the fine is paid.
- Lost or damaged items will be billed the amount charged by the lending library.
- A photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research" (Title 17, U.S. Code). This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying request if, in its judgment, fulfillment would involve a violation of copyright law.
Questions about ILL should be directed to the Interlibrary Loan Office at
- Paul Wolk Library (Middletown Campus) (540) 868-7172 or by e-mail to Karen Wisecarver (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Bob G. Sowder Library (Fauquier Campus) (540) 351-1553 or by e-mail to Annie Cato (email@example.com)