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LILRC Interlibrary Loan Manual: January, 1976   By:

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January 1976


Box 31 Bellport, NY 11713


1. Introduction 2

2. Interlibrary loan policies and procedures 3 What may be borrowed Placing requests Form of request Verification Photocopying Expenses

3. Direct access to other libraries 6 Location service Research Loan Program

4. INS How it works 7 Billing Cancellations Delivery and pickup Microforms Photocopies of missing pages Recall Renewals Returns Status reports

5. Guide to the use of LILRC interlibrary loan request forms 10 Instructions for completing serials request Instructions for completing book request

6. How to be a good borrower 15

7. How to be a good lender 15

8. Appendix A. Useful interlibrary loan manuals 16 B. Sample worksheet 17


This manual has been prepared as a guide to the Information Network Service, the interlibrary loan system of the Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC).

The manual contains a description of how the location and delivery service works and the policy on which it is based, as well as standards to which it is expected participating libraries will adhere.

Please do not hesitate to make suggestions and comments regarding this manual and the interlibrary loan service to the Council office.

January 1976


Our interlibrary loan program is based on the premise that lending among libraries for the benefit of individuals in Nassau and Suffolk counties is in the public interest and should be encouraged. It is impossible for any one library to be self sufficient, and interlibrary borrowing and lending is regarded by the libraries participating in this program as essential to library service.

It is the policy of the Council that the routines of borrowing and lending are simplified as much as possible consistent with the protection of material. Every effort is made to emphasize speed and to base the service on a spirit of cooperation and trust among participating libraries.

What follows comprise the procedures and standards that have developed gradually and voluntarily in our area this is what works for us. Changes may be introduced as the need arises.

What may be borrowed

It is recognized that interlibrary borrowing does not relieve any library of the responsibility for developing its own collection. Each library should provide the bulk of materials needed by its users for purposes of study, instruction, information and research.

The borrowing library should make every effort to exhaust its own resources before turning to interlibrary loan. It should also screen requests carefully before transmitting them to the Council, eliminating those which common sense indicates would not be supplied.

The borrowing library is responsible for returning loans promptly and in good condition. The borrowing library should respond quickly to overdue notices and is responsible for paying fees for lost books as levied by the lending library. The library should refuse to request books on interlibrary loan on behalf of borrowers who abuse the privilege.

Placing requests

Our network is part of an hierarchical system. Requests we cannot locate in the region we send to the New York State Interlibrary Loan Network (NYSILL) which searches the State Library in Albany and selected referral libraries in the State. The key to the success of NYSILL is that it is asked only for materials not available locally. The network would break down if the major libraries were asked to supply commonly held materials. Medically oriented requests not found on Long Island are transmitted to the Regional Medical Library interlibrary loan network in Brooklyn... Continue reading book >>

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