Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is available to all current MCC students, staff and faculty in good standing. All requests for interlibrary loan materials MUST be made via the ILLiad system.

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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan is a network of local, state or national libraries that share resources (primarily books and photocopies) by lending and borrowing with each other. The Interlibrary Loan office processes these requests by computer which is connected online to several libraries. Conditions of this service are governed by the National Interlibrary Loan Code and the Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code.

How long must I wait for the materials?

If the material is available locally (Monroe County area), it generally takes 3 to 5 days. However, if the material is available only outside the Monroe County area, it may take up to 3 weeks to arrive. An article usually arrives faster than a book.

How much will it cost?

Usually there is no charge for the material obtained on Interlibrary Loan. If the material is of a medical or legal nature, the lending library may charge a fee. Please note if you are willing to pay a charge for your item. The charge is usually $8 to $15 for each book or photocopy.

What kinds of material may I borrow?

Books and photocopies of magazine articles are the most common materials borrowed from other libraries. Foreign language materials may be borrowed, but please note if you want a non-English item.

What materials will I not be able to borrow?

Items owned by the MCC Libraries that are not lost cannot be requested. Reference books, textbooks, books published this year, videotapes, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, dissertations, entire issues or volumes of journals, rare books and theses are usually NOT loaned by other libraries.

Videotapes are not loaned by the Monroe County Library System through ILL.

The University of Rochester Libraries do NOT loan to undergraduate students.

How many items may I borrow on Interlibrary Loan?

Up to 5 requests a day may be processed. If you have more than 5 requests please prioritize your requests, and we will process them as soon as possible.

What happens if my Interlibrary Loan materials are returned late?

Please return books to the Circulation/Reserve Desk on or before the date due. Since this is a special loan from another library, it is important to return the book promptly so that we can continue our good relations with lending libraries. Failure to observe this due date will suspend your borrowing privileges for all library materials. If interlibrary loan items are overdue for 30 calendar days, the borrower's interlibrary loan account will be suspended indefinitely.

How long may I keep the borrowed book?

The lending library will notify us of the date due. The due date will be listed on the cover slip of the book when you check it out. If you want to renew a book, please request a renewal 3 days prior to the date due by contacting the Interlibrary Loan Department in person or call (585) 292-2318. Renewals are entirely at the discretion of the lending library and cannot be guaranteed.


Notice: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

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 use 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.

If you have any questions or problems please contact Bess Watts at (585)292-2318 or come to our Interlibrary Loan office located on the main floor of the Library, room 2-209.