InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Policies
Interlibrary Loan is a service offered to current Texas
A&M-Corpus Christi faculty, staff, and students. Since no
library can possibly acquire all works published, the purpose
of ILL is to obtain requested materials from other libraries.
The conditions of this service are set by the
Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association
and by the policies of individual lending libraries.
The Library uses ILLiad software to process InterLibrary
Loan. This requires that all ILL requests be initiated online
First-time users must set up an account at http://rattler.tamucc.edu/illiad/firsttime.html.
Setting up the account takes a few minutes but allows ILL
staff to process requests and deliver items to patrons more
Remote Access to InterLibrary Loan Request Form(ILLiad)
We are now requiring patron authentication for accessing
the InterLibrary Loan, or ILLiad, request form from a remote
location (off-campus). Students, faculty and staff will
be asked to enter their name and student ID or patron ID
before accessing the ILLiad website. Name and student ID are to
be entered as they appear on university records. Faculty and staff who do not have a student ID can login to S.A.I.L.: http://sail.tamucc.edu/ for a patron ID.
for the name on record. Once the initial authentication
is done, patrons will then log into Illiad using the same
Illiad username and password used in the past. Patrons may
also set up a new account by clicking on "First
Time Users." If you have problems with the authentication
please feel free to contact the InterLibrary Loan office
of the Bell Library at ext. 6557.
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The following materials can be requested through ILL:
Magazine and journal articles
Conference proceedings and transactions
Theses, Dissertations, and microform (copies only)
Newspapers and newsletters
Textbooks in general may not be borrowed on Interlibrary
Loan. They are in use or on reserve at lending libraries
and therefore very hard to obtain. They only circulate
for short time periods and are subject to recall. Users
can NOT rely on these loans for their required reading. Questions regarding textbook reserve materials can be
answered at the Circulation Desk.
Dissertations, theses, and material on microform are
available only at the discretion of the lending library.
Requests for these materials may be denied. Rare books,
reference books, archival materials, and audiovisual materials
are usually not lent out. If audiovisual materials are lent out, they will not be renewed unless patrons are in need of time extension and they must contact Interlibrary Loan staff for renewal exceptions. The ILL Department will attempt
to obtain materials located outside the United States
for our patrons.
Please Note: Circulating materials and
articles from periodicals owned by the Bell Library may
not be requested through ILL with the exception of checked
out, lost or missing items and requests for articles that
contain graphics or tables which are not available from
our electronic resources. Materials only available in
non-circulating collections (i.e., Special Collections
& Archives) can be requested from another library. If
you need help deciding if an item is not available from
Bell Library, please ask for assistance from the Reference
Patrons with $15.00 or more fines are required to make a payment to the circulation desk until the fines are reduced to less than $15.00 before submitting requests or checking out any items from Interlibrary Loan.
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Number of requests allowed
An unlimited number of articles can be submitted at one
time. However, during times of heavy department workload
(from midterm to finals), not all requests will be processed
on the same day. The library reserves the right to limit the number of physical pieces checked out to an individual patron up to 25 items. Undergraduate students are allowed to check out up to 3 pieces of audiovisual materials per week. Graduate students, Doctoral students, Faculty and Staff are allowed to check out up to 7 pieces of audiovisual materials per week. Physical pieces of audiovisual materials will be counted toward the total number of materials checked out with a maximum of 25 pieces. Also, requests that exceed copyright
restrictions may not be filled. Please see the next section
on "Copyright and ILL" for more information. To receive items faster, patrons are required to enter as much information that is relevant for the request as possible and provide a valid e-mail address or contact number for further contact about ILL requests.
Copyright and ILL
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The Copyright Act requires that during one calendar year
only 5 articles from any one journal and only one article
from a single journal issue be provided to a requesting
library without payment of copyright royalty fees. Requests
for articles that would require payment of copyright fees
by the library are considered on a case by case basis.
If you cannot request any additional articles because
of copyright limitations, please contact the Access Services
Rios, 825-2341, so other options can be explored.
Arrival of materials
Articles usually arrive in 2 to 3 working days and books
may take 5 working days or longer. Articles from libraries
within the Coastal Bend Health Information Network, a
network of hospital libraries, can be obtained within
24 hours. It is important that requests be submitted well
in advance of the date they are needed. Patrons can check
the status of their request by logging into ILLiad
and clicking the button for "View/Modify Outstanding
Requests", then click the "View/Edit"
button on the left side of the request. This will provide
detailed information on the status of the request.
Patrons must pick up electronically delivered items from
the library's server within 30 days after the notification
is sent. Otherwise, the request will need to be re-submitted.
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When materials arrive, patrons are notified by email
or telephone depending on their preference as set up in
their ILLiad account. If electronic delivery is preferred
and possible, an email notification will automatically
be sent when the material is ready to be accessed from
the Interlibrary Loan Department's web server.
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Copies of articles and other types of materials are retained
by the patron. Books must be returned by the date set
by the lending library. Materials should be returned directly
to the Circulation Desk. DO NOT PLACE ILL MATERIALS IN
THE OUTSIDE BOOK DROP, or the book drop at the circulation
desk. Please return materials with the identifying ILL
label. Renewals are granted at the discretion of the lending
library. If a renewal is necessary, it must be requested
at least three days prior to the due date. All loaned
items are subject to immediate recall by the Lending library.
Patrons may hold the materials until the new due dates, if the renewal request is approved and must return the item on or before its original due dates if the renewal request is denied. Patrons are financially responsible for materials that are
not returned, lost, or damaged.
Loan period for borrowed materials
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Materials borrowed from other libraries through ILL are
usually lent for a period of 4 weeks but may be less depending
on the policies of the lending library. The patron is
responsible for the timely return of the materials or
borrowing privileges may be blocked.
Late return of materials
The lending of another library's materials to A&M-CC
patrons is a courtesy extended to the Bell Library. Abuse
of the service by returning materials late may result
in the suspension of checkout and/or ILL privileges and fines may be applied. Blocks will be placed on the patrons’ ILLiad account if they fail to return materials by the due dates. The block will be removed by ILL staff after all the overdue materials are returned. Patrons who have been blocked multiple times may result in a permanent suspension of Interlibrary Loan privileges.
For more information regarding ILL policies please contact:
Marry and Jeff Bell Library
Interlibrary Loan Department
Tel: 361-825-6557 or 5772
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