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Interlibrary Loan Policy
The purpose of the Interlibrary Loan Policy is to establish the criteria and process through which library patrons may obtain, upon request of a library user, material not available at Meridian Library District. An Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a transaction in which material from one library is made available to another library upon request. The term "material" includes all formats, i.e., books, photocopies, non-fiction, videos, CDs, DVDs, etc. Meridian Library District provides interlibrary loan service in order to enhance and extend the resources that are not available in the LYNX Library Consortium to its patrons.
Interlibrary Loan Borrowing
Items not owned by the Meridian Library District or one of the Treasure Valley Consortium members may be requested via Interlibrary Loan services. Current Meridian Library District cards in good standing and without borrowing restrictions, may request Interlibrary Loan items. Requests may be submitted in person, by telephone, online through our website, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items that cannot be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan include:
- Current year copyright material (Please submit a Purchase Request)
- Items in current high demand
- Items owned by one of the Treasure Valley Consortium libraries (unless those copies have been changed to "missing" for 4 or more weeks or "lost" status)
- Reference materials
- Magazines and newspapers (although copies of specific articles may be requested which may require a copying fee)
- Items with excessive charges or fees
Please note that some libraries do not loan audiovisual materials and others may charge for lending items. The Meridian Library District patron will be contacted for prior approval of any additional charges before the request is made.
The Interlibrary Loan process can take 1-6 weeks to fulfill depending on the availability of the item and processing procedures. The lending library determines the loan period, and therefore any material may be subject for recall by that library. It is the patron’s responsibility to return items promptly and in the same condition as received. Interlibrary Loan materials may be eligible for renewal; however, it is at the discretion of the lending library. If a renewal is needed, a request should be made at least three (3) days before the original due date. Late items incur the same overdue charges as regular library materials. A replacement charge and processing fee will be charged for all lost or damaged items in an amount determined by the lending library. For Interlibrary Loan items that are not picked up, a $2.00 processing fee is charged to the patron’s card.
Patrons are limited to five (5) interlibrary loan requests at a time.
Compliance with Copyright Law
When using the Interlibrary Loan services, patrons accept responsibility for complying with United States Copyright Law.
Approved by the Meridian Library Board of Trustees on May 14, 2013
Revised April 17, 2019