Interlibrary Loan Policy

 

Introduction
Interlibrary Loan service is essential to the vitality of libraries of all types and sizes and is a means by which a wide range of material can be made available to users. In the belief that the furtherance of knowledge is in the general interest of the public, the Helper Library will be a participant in providing interlibrary loan service to its patrons.

Definition
An interlibrary loan is a transaction in which library material or a copy of the material is made available by one library to another upon request.

Purpose
The purpose of interlibrary loan service is to obtain library material not available at the Helper Library and to loan material found at the Helper Library, which is not available in other libraries.

Borrowing Responsibilities
The Helper Library will make every effort to exhaust its own resources before resorting to the interlibrary loan service. When the resources are not available at the Helper Library, Interlibrary loan service will be made available to all eligible patrons of the Helper Library. Items borrowed from other libraries and circulated to our patrons will be governed under the Helper Library Circulation Police subject to the circulation period, overdue fines and billing methods of that policy unless otherwise specified by the lending library. If the material is not returned by the patron to the Helper Library one month (30 days) after the due date, the patron will be subject to a $10 Interlibrary Loan Service Fee plus the price of the borrowed material if that material is not returned. Interlibrary loan service will be suspended for any patron who abuses the privilege. Statistics will be kept in accordance with local and state guidelines and requirements.

Lending Responsibilities
Materials, which ordinarily circulate to the Helper Library users, may be sent out on interlibrary loan. The decision to loan material is at the discretion of the Helper Library; for example, an item that is in high demand by Helper Library patrons will not be available for interlibrary loan.
The duration of the loan, unless otherwise specified by the Helper Library, will be as follows:
A standard interlibrary loan item (book, book on CD, Music CD) will check out for five (5) weeks from the Helper Library. This will allow one (1) week of transit to the borrowing library, three (3) weeks on loan to the borrowing library’s patron, and one (1) week for transit to bring the item back to the Helper Library.
Renewals will be a three (3) week period according to availability and Helper Library patron demand. A visual interlibrary loan item (DVD, VHS video) will check out for three (3) weeks from the Helper Library. This will allow one (1) week of transit to the borrowing library, one (1) week on loan to the borrowing library’s patron, and one (1) week for transit to bring the item back to the Helper Library. Renewals will be a one (1) week period according to availability and Helper Library patron demand.

All material on loan is subject to immediate recall based on the need for the material by a Helper Library patron or patrons.

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