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WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
lends material to all OCLC and RLG member libraries, the Library
of Congress and all Federal Libraries. SIL will lend to non-OCLC
libraries which request materials on appropriate ALA or IFLA interlibrary
WHAT MATERIALS MAY NOT BE SUPPLIED?
books, rare books, non-paper items, periodicals, bulky or oversized
materials along with other non-circulating materials will not circulate
on interlibrary loan. Limited photocopying may be possible from
these materials subject to U.S. Copyright Law.
ARE THERE LENDING COSTS?
IFM lending fee will be charged to all libraries who are currently
charging SIL. Federal libraries, CIRLA members and free lenders
will not be charged.
WHAT ARE THE PACKING REQUIREMENTS?
box returned ILL materials. See “Staff & Contact Info”
for returned mailing addresses.
WHAT ARE ACCEPTABLE METHODS OF TRANSMISSION?
OCLC requests (use our symbol SMI twice on lending string)
• Electronic ALA/IFLA requests accepted: email@example.com
• FAX ALA/IFLA forms: (202) 786-2443
• Citations must be verified in SIRIS, SIL online catalog
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE TURNAROUND TIME?
Institution Libraries processes requests as quickly as possible
once they are received. The turn around time varies greatly and
depends upon the material and the location of the requesting library.
Requests can take from a few days to several weeks.
WHAT IS THE LOAN PERIOD FOR REQUESTED
are loaned for thirty days. One renewal of the loan period is permitted
if request is made in advance of the due date.