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InterLibrary Loan

ILL Policy


Definition: The Lorain County Community College Library provides resources to meet the study, research, informational, and instructional needs of LCCC and University Partnership students, staff, administrators, and faculty. This is accomplished through use of the LCCC library collection or through Interlibrary loans.

Interlibrary loans are transactions in which library materials are made available by one library to another. Interlibrary loan service supplements the library's resources. For the purpose of this policy, a transaction also includes the provision of copies as substitutes for the loan of original material(s).

Scope: Books or photocopies of pages from periodicals or reference books or reference books needed for research or recreation may be requested from or loaned to another library. (the borrowing library requests either a copy or loan and the lending library decides whether to provision that request)

Borrowing Policies:

  1. Reference Services Staff are familiar with and use relevant LCCC ILL documents and the lending policies of other libraries. The staff will not deviate from the use of standard ILL procedures.
  2. The library will comply with federal copyright law [Title 17, U.S. Code] and its accompanying guidelines, and will inform users of applicable portions of the law.  Indication of compliance with the law will be included in all requests for copied materials.
  3. In as much as the safety of the borrowed material(s) is the responsibility of the LCCC Library, the library will meet all costs of repair and replacement in accordance with the preferences of the lending library. These charges will in turn be assessed against the patron for whom the material(s) was borrowed.
  4. The library will comply with conditions of loan established by the lending library. Unless specifically forbidden by the lending library, copying by borrowing library is permitted provided it is in accordance with copyright laws and that no damage to the original will result.
  5. Books borrowed from other libraries can only be sent for the loan period specified by the lending library. Patrons may be granted a renewal upon approval of the lending library.
  6. The library will inform its patrons of the purposes of ILL as well as the ILL policy.
  7. Under the terms of this policy, the LCCC library will not ordinarily request the following:
    • More than 5 items per day per patron.
    • Loans of books for students
    • Materials assigned for class texts or reserve
    • Reference books
    • Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.

Lending Policies:

  1. Any decision to loan material(s) is made at the discretion of the LCCC Library.
  2. The ILL staff will process requests promptly, usually within 24 hours.
  3. A statement of the library's current ILL policies will be available via the library's Internet homepage.
  4. Conditions of loans will be stated clearly and material(s) packaged carefully.  The library will notify the borrowing library when unable to fill requests.  Under the terms of this policy, the library will not loan the following:
  • Books which are checked-out
  • Books with "overdue", "missing", "lost" or "in process" status in the LCCC Catalog
  • Periodicals However, the library does send photocopies of articles. Requests for photocopies must include a complete citation for the specified article.
  • Reference materials
  • Reserve materials
  • Brittle or damaged books
  • Microforms, will reproduce photocopies

       5. Duration of Loans:

  • Loan period for material(s) is 6 weeks.
  • Renewals may be granted for four week periods upon request.

Expenses:  The library assumes responsibility for all costs charged by the lending library.

LCCC Bass Library will follow the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, which was prepared by the Interlibrary Loan Committee of ALA's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA, a division of ALA) in 1994, and revised in 2001 (with the revision approved by the RUSA Board of Directors in January, 2001), and revised again by the Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA in 2008. The full text of the 2008 Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States statement appears online.

The May 2008 Explanatory Supplement of the U.S. Interlibrary Loan Code also appears online

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