Stowe Free Library recognizes the importance of Inter-Library Loan (ILL) to
provide materials of specialized interest to supplement the local
collection, and upholds the National Inter-Library Loan Code
must be a patron in good standing to place an Inter-Library Loan
request through the Stowe Free Library. There is no charge for
in-state ILL service, although donations for postage are always
Stowe Free Library will attempt to Inter-Library Loan materials in
many formats, including new releases and non-print materials (for
example, books on tape or cd, VHS tapes, and DVDs), and makes all
materials, with few exceptions, from our own collection available for
other libraries to borrow. The exceptions are as follows:
Library also reserves the right to refuse a request from another
library for a reference-only item from our Vermont & Reference
Collection. In the event of a request for this type of material, the
Stowe Free Library will attempt to provide a copy of the article, a
portion of the book, or the Table of Contents and Index, providing it
meets the guidelines of Title 17 of the US Code governing copyright.
requesting new materials, whether in print or non-print form, should
recognize that the age or popularity of the item may make it
difficult to obtain. Similarly, libraries looking to borrow new print
or non-print items from our collection should be aware that the item
is likely to be in circulation, and therefore unavailable, or that
the item may be lent with a shortened lending period.
are decided by the lending library. Patrons who would like to renew
an ILL should let the Library know in advance of the due date, to
give the lending library time to respond.
from outside Vermont
Stowe Free Library will make every effort to borrow material from
other Vermont libraries or from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. In
some cases, the Library may have to go out-of-state to fill a
most cases, there is an expense for such a request. Patrons will be
contacted for approval prior to the Library's attempting to obtain
a loan from out-of-state. The patron will pay any expenses incurred
for an out-of-state ILL, except return postage, which will be paid by
the Stowe Free Library.
may be as follows:
charges: some out-of-state libraries charge $5.00 to $10.00 for ILL
books, otherwise they will not lend items out-of-state. (There is
no book charge on in-state books.)
if the borrowing library must pay postage both ways.
costs: the patron will be assessed these costs.
handling costs: some libraries request that their materials be
returned in special ways and these costs will be passed on to the
other charges: the patron will be asked to pay other charges such as
damage to materials.
responsibility for lost or damaged items
costs: items not returned shall be billed to the patron as billed by
the lending library. This may include processing costs as well as
the replacement cost of the item.
must be made for materials lost or damaged while checked out to the
patron. No refunds will be made for lost and paid interlibrary loan
materials that are subsequently found.
by the Library Board of Trustees in June 2008.