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Borrowing from Other Libraries

The Library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, and has reciprocal borrowing agreements with all of its member libraries through the Summit catalog. The Library may also negotiate reciprocal borrowing agreements with other libraries to provide greater access for students and staff. These agreements will document any special requirements, regulations, conditions or exclusions on behalf of each participating library. They will be signed by the person at each institution authorized to enter into such agreements, and be subject to periodic review and revision.

The Library offers interlibrary loan service for materials not available through the Library Catalogs.  Interlibrary loan policies are based on the National Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association, and on the regulations of the individual lending libraries. Students, faculty and staff members of Lane Community College, and community borrowers, are eligible for borrowing privileges through interlibrary loan. Requests must be submitted via a completed ILL request form. It is our goal to process all interlibrary loan requests within 1-2 days.

The Library is responsible for compliance with the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and its accompanying guidelines, and shall inform its users of the applicable portions of the law. An indication of compliance shall be provided with all copy requests. Patrons requesting an interlibrary loan sign the request form indicating that they have read the copyright warning and take responsibility for any photocopies received.

Every effort will be made to locate lending libraries which do not charge for the use of their materials and do not charge, or charge a minimal amount, for providing photocopies of periodical articles. If, however, the lending library does charge, the requesting patron will have the option to specify a dollar amount that she/he is willing to pay for the item(s). All charges must be paid before the ILL item will be given to the patron.

The time involved in processing interlibrary loan requests depends upon the nature of the material requested. Esoteric materials may take longer to identify and locate at another library, often taking up to four weeks or more, if they have to be pursued at several institutions. More common titles may be obtained within a shorter period. Most items will arrive within two weeks of their request.

Library staff try to accommodate all research needs, but during especially busy periods, they reserve the right to limit the number of requests that may be submitted at any one time to four per person. This allows as many people as possible to access a heavily used service.
The following items are usually not available for interlibrary loan: 

  • reference materials.
  • reserve materials.
  • periodicals (photocopies are provided instead).
  • microforms (photocopies are provided instead).
  • audiovisual materials by special arrangement only.
  • rare or valuable materials.
  • bulky or fragile materials which are difficult or expensive to ship.
  • items to be put on Reserve.
  • copies of titles owned by LCC.

Lending to other libraries

Any library may request materials from our Library. The request must come on an OCLC or ALA form, or electronic mail. Telephone requests are accepted under special circumstances.

There are no ILL charges for books. There are also no charges for photocopies up to the first 30 pages, and $.10 per page for all copies beyond thirty pages.

Lane Community College ILL policies on charges, loan periods etc. are available to potential borrowers via the OCLC NAME-ADDRESS Directory. They are subject to change at any time.

In accordance with standard practice and national guidelines, the borrowing library is responsible for replacing any lost item. This is true if the loss occurs through patron negligence or due to losses in the mail.