About Interlibrary Loan
SRJC Library Interlibrary Loan service borrows books and obtains copies of articles from other libraries when these items are not part of our library collections. This service is provided to support the study and research needs of SRJC students, faculty and staff. We do not accept requests for current textbooks. You may request an interlibrary loan if you are a currently enrolled SRJC student, current staff, faculty member or SRJC retiree.
Before you submit your Interlibrary Loan request, please be sure to search the SRJC Library catalog to determine that one of the SRJC Libraries does not already own the book you need. For article requests, check Smart Search to determine that it is not available in one the SRJC Library databases before submitting your request. You may also consult with one of SRJC's Reference Librarians to help locate materials within our collections before submitting an Interlibrary Loan request.
Submitting Interlibrary Loan Requests
To place your request, use these forms:
Request a book
You will need a separate form for each book or article you request.
Interlibrary loan service is not available during semester breaks when the library is closed.
Receiving and Using Books and Articles
You will be notified by e-mail or phone when the materials you requested have arrived. You may pick up books and print copies of articles at the Circulation Desk in either the Doyle or Mahoney Library (whichever library you indicated on your request form). If articles are sent to us electronically from the lending library, we will send them to requestors via e-mail.
Length of Delivery Time
Delivery of books may take two weeks or longer depending on the location of the lending library. Delivery time for articles varies from a few hours to longer depending on the format of the delivery and policies of the lending library.
Length of Loan
The lending library determines the length of a book loan; this is usually from two to three weeks. You may request renewals from the Interlibrary Loan Department, but they are not guaranteed. If the periodical article requested is supplied as a photocopy, you may keep the photocopy.
Note: To avoid losing your interlibrary loan privileges, please return borrowed books on time. When the book you requested arrives, a paper band with your name and the due date is placed around it. Please do not remove this band. Occasionally, newspaper or journal sources are sent on microform; these must be viewed and photocopied inside the library.
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of copies of copyrighted materials and limits the number of times Interlibrary Loan photocopies of articles may be requested from a single periodical title. 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 purpose in excess of "fair use" that user 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 a violation of copyright law.