InterLibrary Loan


A. Definition.

An interlibrary loan is a transaction in which library material, or a copy of the material, is made available by one library to another upon request.

B. Purpose.

The purpose of interlibrary loan is to obtain library materials, either books (print or audio), language tapes and CDs, music CDs, or photocopies not available in the Woodbridge Public Library (WPL) and to loan books (print and audio), language tapes and CDs, music CDs, or send photocopies to other libraries upon request.

C. Conditions of service.

Materials may be obtained or lent in a variety of ways. WPL participates in OCLC and JerseyCat. Requests may also be sent via fax, mail and, by special arrangement, a hand-carried American Library Association form. The method used is determined by the Interlibrary Loan Librarian.

D. Interlibrary borrowing.

1. This service is offered to all patrons holding valid WPL library cards, regardless of the type of card held.

2. Materials which may be borrowed.

a. Books (print and audio), language tapes and CDs, and music CDs, not owned by WPL, as well as materials missing from the collection may be borrowed. Photocopied articles from periodicals not owned may be obtained.

b. Materials which will not be borrowed include: Books that are on order until it is determined they cannot be acquired by WPL and videos/DVDs.

3. Fees.

a. Books will not be requested from libraries that charge fees.

b. Photocopies will generally not be requested from libraries that charge fees. If a patron indicates they are willing to pay, effort will be made to obtain the article. The patron is responsible for the cost and must pay by check, made out to the lending library. Many libraries charge for photocopies over 20 pages in length. In this instance the patron is responsible for the cost.

4. Interlibrary loan requests may be placed at the Reference Desk or via our forms page.

Service Provided:
a.    A patron may request no more than 20 Interlibrary Loans per calendar month.
b.    Requests are limited to print materials, audio books, language tapes and CDs, and music CDs.
c.    Renewals and extensions may be denied when the book is overdue.
d.    Patrons may request the same title once per calendar quarter.

5. Patrons will be notified when the requested materials are in the library by telephone and/or a letter sent through the mail.

6. Borrower's responsibilities.

a. The borrower is responsible for returning materials on time. Books that are overdue will be fined at the same rate as books belonging to WPL.

b. The borrower is responsible for lost or damaged books. A bill will be requested from the lending library and the patron will pay this bill in a check made out to the lending library. If the patron does not make payment, WPL will assume responsibility and patron will be blocked.

7. Books may generally be kept for a period of two weeks. Arrangements may be made to renew books if the patron needs the material longer than the lending period. The patron must speak to a librarian at the Reference Desk to do this.

8. Service will be given as speedily as conditions permit. An attempt will be made to obtain photocopies via fax if the material is needed immediately. However, it must be understood that not all lending libraries will accommodate this request.

9. Interlibrary loan service may be suspended for those who abuse the privilege.

10. Statistics will be kept in accordance with internal, Regional Cooperative Library and State guidelines and requirements.