The Taylor County Public Library participates in an interlibrary loan program that permits the library to borrow materials for its patrons from other libraries. Books and photocopies of articles from periodicals not owned by this library or that are otherwise unavailable, may be requested for loan through the interlibrary loan system. Recordings, microfilm and genealogy materials may be requested but are difficult to obtain. Items owned by the library, but checked out to another patron, may not be borrowed through interlibrary loan unless the item requested is more than 60 days overdue.
The library does not charge for interlibrary loan service; however the patron is responsible for charges or fines imposed (such as insurance fees, lending fees, photocopying charges, etc.), this must be stipulated when the request is made. Fines for overdue materials and processing costs for lost items will vary with the lending library and are the responsibility of the patron.
The library restricts the number of items requested by an individual patron to 3 (three) interlibrary loans at one time. This is necessary to ensure fair, equitable, and timely service with the constraints of budget and staffing. This action will only be taken in consultation with the patron and alternative sources for service will be suggested. Requests that staff determine may violate copyright laws will not be accepted. Photocopies received through interlibrary loan should be stamped with a notice of copyright.
What is an Interlibrary Loan:
An Interlibrary loan is a transaction in which library material, or a copy of the material needed is made available by one library to another library upon request.
Who Can Request an Interlibrary Loan:
The Interlibrary loan system is offered to all registered borrowers in good standing at the Taylor County Public Library Individual patrons from out of town libraries should request this service from their own library.
What Sort of Materials Can I get Through Interlibrary Loan:
Material which may be borrowed:
A loan or a copy of any material may be requested from another library but the lending library will decide in each case whether or not a particular item can be provided.
Most libraries will not ordinarily lend the following types of materials:
Newly published material
Old, rare or valuable material
Reference and genealogical material
Audio and videocassettes, sound recordings, and motion picture films
Entire issues of periodicals
Material in high demand at the lending library; curriculum material including textbooks
Scripts, screen plays, libretti and scores
How Do I Request Material From the Interlibrary Loan Service:
You should ask at the Circulation Desk for an Interlibrary Loan form, and make sure that you have searched our catalogue so that we do not have this item.
What if Information Do I Need To Make a Request:
To request a book you will need the author, title, if possible the year of publication. Subject requests are also acceptable.
To request a periodical article you will need the title of the journal, date, page numbers, author and title of the article. The source of the information must also be included (index, bibliography, etc.)
A “need by” date should be indicated, if applicable, and whether non-circulating copy of the requested materials is acceptable if no circulating copy can be borrowed.
To avoid delays, fill out the forms as completely as possible. Please do not use abbreviations. If you don’t have all of the information, we will still try to fill your request, but may not be successful.
How Long Does It Take To Receive An Interlibrary Loan:
The Taylor County Public Library belongs to an in state courier service. Requests can be placed electronically to several different library systems in Kentucky. Once the request has been filled and shipped, the courier service will deliver requested in state materials anytime from one – three weeks. If the request must be filled out of state your request may take longer. Service will be given as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
Do You Charge a Fee For Interlibrary Loans:
No, there is no fee for placing an interlibrary loan request. However, late return of Interlibrary loan books are subject to a fee determined by the lending library.
Will I Be Notified When My Interlibrary Loan Material Arrives:
Patrons are notified by telephone when the material arrives. Items are kept at the Circulation Desk for one week. If your request is not picked up, you forfeit any further use of the Interlibrary Loan System.
How Long Can I Keep an Interlibrary Loan:
The loan period is actually determined from the loaning library. Usually, books are available for 2 weeks. The loaning library may impose restrictions, such as “in library use” or “no renewals”. If you need additional time to use the material, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Librarian as soon as possible. Only the loaning library may grants permission for renewals, not the Taylor County Public Library staff. Renewal must be requested before the material/book is overdue. We cannot request renewals for items that are already overdue. Please make every effort to return the items by the specified due date. Interlibrary loan service will be suspended for those who abuse the privilege, including those who repeatedly fail to pick up requested interlibrary loan material or who fail to return materials in a timely fashion.
What Are My Responsibilities for a Lost or Damaged Item:
Payment must be made for the materials lost or damaged while charged out to the borrower. No refunds will be made for lost and paid Interlibrary Loan materials that may subsequently be found.
Interlibrary Loan is dependent upon the generosity and goodwill between libraries. Please be careful with their property and return it on time.