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Interlibrary Loan

Policies and Request Forms for BAC Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Interlibrary loan lets one library borrow a book, article, or film from another library. 

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The ILL service is available to Belmont Abbey College faculty members, staff, currently-enrolled students, and the Monastic community. 

Arrival Time 

Borrowing (Electronic Materials) 

Please plan for at least 2-4 business days for articles to be sent by the lending institution. Users will be notified via email when their materials have arrived and are available to download. 

Borrowing (Physical Materials) 

Please plan for at least 7-14 business days for items to arrive from the lending institution. Users will be notified via email when items arrive. They will be held at the Abbot Vincent Taylor Library's Circulation Desk for pickup.

Loan Periods and Renewals 

The lending institutions determine due dates and may vary from the AVTL loan periods. 

We can request a renewal for your interlibrary loan; however, it is not guaranteed, and most ILLs are only eligible for one renewal. 

Overdue Items 

Our reputation with other libraries is at risk, and our ability to borrow materials for faculty, staff, and students is compromised when interlibrary loans become overdue. Once your ILL is overdue, your ILL borrowing privileges are suspended. Your borrowing privileges can be reinstated upon returning an overdue item unless an invoice has been issued by the lending institution. Once an invoice for an item is received, the charges are added to your library account. If you do not return your ILLs by the end of the semester, a block will be placed on your Self-Service account. 

Copyright Information

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.