Interlibrary Loans/Request for Purchase
Interlibrary loans are available on items not owned by the library that are six months old or older. A patron must have a valid Saline County Library card and be a patron in good standing. Gateway card patrons need to use their home library for interlibrary loans.
Request forms for interlibrary loan are available at the service desks and need to be filled out as completely as possible especially any special formats such as large print or audiotape. There is a $1.00 fee charged per request for interlibrary loan materials.
In order to continue offering interlibrary loan services, it is necessary to maintain good relations with cooperating libraries. Library materials should be returned promptly. The loaned materials are due according to the owner library’s due dates, not Saline County’s.
Sometimes the library lending the book will put special restrictions on the materials, such as use within the library. The Saline County Library, in fairness, must insist on compliance with such restrictions. The patron will be contacted when the requested material has been received. If we are incapable of filling the request, the $1.00 can be refunded or credited to the patron’s account. If a patron fails to pick up an interlibrary loan that has been ordered for them, the library may refuse to order for them in the future.
Photocopies of material (such as magazine articles) are always requested to be received by fax. However, there is no way to insure that the lending library will comply with our wishes.
Request for Purchase
A patron may request an item for purchase for the following:
· Items in the catalog marked “In” which are not found on the shelf and items marked “lost,” “claimed return”, or “missing.”
· Suggestions for purchase of books or other materials.
Completion of a form guarantees that the staff will look for the title using all available avenues. The item may or may not be purchased depending on critical reviews and availability.