174.1 Interlibrary Loans

Created by: Dana Trebing on 04/26/2004
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 70 - Library
Originator: Director of Libraries
Current File: 174.1
Adoption Date: 11/19/2012
Reviewed for Currency: 11/19/2012
Replaces File: 174.1
Date of Origin: 11/24/1992
Classification: Faculty
In Archive? 0

174.1 Interlibrary Loans


A. Background

The Furman University Library, like most academic libraries, cannot afford to purchase all the resources needed by its patrons. Therefore, the Library participates in an active resource sharing, interlibrary loan (ILL) program with libraries throughout the world.


B. Policy

The Library will request, within the limits of internationally accepted policies and laws, items unavailable through the Furman University Library. The service is provided, free of charge, for current faculty, emeritus faculty, staff and students of Furman University.


C. Guidelines

1. Interlibrary loans are subject to regulations imposed by the lending library (loan period, renewals, etc.) and federal copyright laws. Renewals are granted at the discretion of the lending library.

2. Patrons should check the resources available through the Furman University Library and PASCAL, as appropriate, before submitting requests for items.

3. Failure to return items promptly can jeopardize borrowing privileges for the entire Furman community.  For overdue items patrons will be charged $1.00 per item per day.

4. The patron is responsible for items lost or damaged while in his or her possession and may be charged the cost of the item plus a $25 billing fee.  Payment of lost item charges does not transfer ownership of the item to the patron.  Unpaid library charges are tracked by the library, and processed through the University, as appropriate.

5. In order to ensure equitable service, especially during peak request periods, the Interlibrary Loan Department reserves the right to limit the number of requests processed per day, per person.

6. In order to preserve the library's borrowing relationships for the benefit of the Furman community, the Interlibrary Loan Department reserves the right to refuse to process new requests from any patron who has not returned overdue ILL items or owes excessive fines.