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Interlibrary Loan Information

WHAT IS INTERLIBRARY LOAN?
Interlibrary loan supplements the H. M. Dawson Library materials by requesting items from other institutions. This service is available to Temple College faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. Interlibrary loan service is intended to support academic research.
WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE TO REQUEST AN INTERLIBRARY LOAN?
PERIODICALS. Make an interlibrary loan request only after thoroughly searching for articles relating to your topic in all databases/print indexes that are accessible through the library. If you are unsuccessful in finding articles on your topic, ask a library staff member for assistance. If you have received help and still cannot find an article on your topic, then an interlibrary loan request is appropriate.

BOOKS. Check the online catalog to see if a book on your topic is available. If it is not, and you cannot find another book on the topic that is held by the H. M. Dawson Library that will satisfy your research needs, then an interlibrary loan request is appropriate. Interlibrary loan requests will not be made for books that are owned by the library, unless the book is removed from the circulating collection by library staff, or the book has been declared lost. Status changes for books will be shown in the online catalog.

TEXSHARE. There are several public and academic libraries within short driving distance of Temple College. Temple College students needing materials that are not available here should check to see if the local libraries have what is needed. Check the holdings of these libraries through the online catalog. To be able to borrow materials from these libraries, you will need a Texshare card. Texshare cards are free to Temple College students and are available at the circulation desk. This option might save considerable time for the student who is facing time pressure in finding needed materials.
WHAT MAY I REQUEST?
PERIODICALS. Lending libraries will supply the H. M Dawson Library with a photocopy of a particular article rather than loaning the journal.

BOOKS. Books not owned by the H. M. Dawson Library may be borrowed if a library can be located that will lend it. Libraries seldom loan rare books, dissertations, or reference works.

LIMIT ON REQUESTS. Please submit no more than 5 interlibrary loan requests per week.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET THE MATERIAL?
Your requested materials should arrive within 3-14 days. Periodical requests may arrive sooner, book requests may arrive later.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Normally there is no charge for interlibrary loan service. There are places on the interlibrary loan request form to indicate the amount that you are willing to pay should there be a charge from the lending library. If there is a fee from the lending library and you made no indication that you are willing to pay, the library will not order the item.
HOW DO I MAKE AN INTERLIBRARY LOAN REQUEST?
Interlibrary loan request forms are available at the circulation desk. Please fill in all applicable blanks on the form, if the form is not filled in with full citation information, it may be impossible to process your request. If you have a printout with citation information for the periodical or book that you are requesting, please attach this to the completed form. Please use a new form for each requested item. Be certain your name and phone number are on the form. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance in filling out the form if you have any questions.
HOW WILL I FIND OUT WHEN THE ITEM ARRIVES?
You will be notified by phone when your requested materials arrive. It is important that you pick up books as soon as possible, as the due date is fixed by the lending library, not the H. M. Dawson Library.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY REQUEST IS UNFILLED?
A library staff member will contact you if the request is unfilled. In some situations the request can be made again to other libraries; in other cases there will be no recourse and the request will be denied.
HOW LONG MAY I USE THE ITEM?
Photocopies are yours to keep. Books will have the date due marked either on a paper sleeve around the front cover or inside of the book on the date due slip.
RENEWALS OF BORROWED BOOKS
Request renewals for books at least 4 working days before the book is due. You will be notified whether the lending library approved the renewal request or whether the request was denied. If the request was approved, you will be told the new due date. You must return the book on or before the original due date if the request for renewal is denied.
FINES AND FEES FOR LATE OR LOST BOOKS
You are responsible for any fines or charges that may result from the late return of a book or replacement costs for the loss of a book that you have borrowed and not returned. It is extremely important for you to return the book on or before the due date or make a request to renew the book as per the instructions for renewals. Fines and lost book charges vary from library to library and are often very expensive.
CAN I MAKE MY ILL REQUEST THROUGH AN ONLINE FORM?
Yes you can!  We ask that you read through the instructions on the Interlibrary Loan Services page so you will know what information to provide us.  

If you are a Temple College student or faculty member and you have never made an interlibrary loan request, go to our Interlibrary Loan Services page in order to learn the procedures for requesting and receiving materials.  

If you "know the routine" and are ready to fill out and submit an interlibrary loan request go to our online form page.
FURTHER QUESTIONS?
For additional information regarding Interlibrary Loan Service, ask a library staff member or call 298-8428.