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FAQ Intercampus Loan Library@TCC

What is Intercampus loan?
Intercampus loan (ICL) is a service through which material held by one TCC campus is sent to another campus for the patron's convenience. 

Who may use ICL services?
TCC students, faculty, staff and community patrons are eligible to request material be sent from the holding TCC campus library to the campus library where they wish to use the material. A valid TCC library card is required for this service. Patrons who choose not to use ICL services may go directly to the holding campus library to obtain the materials.

How do I use ICL? 
For books and media, in the library catalog you can "request this item" showme. Request forms are also available online or at the Reference desk. Please fill out the forms completely to avoid delays. If in doubt, please ask a library staff member for assistance.

How long does it take to get ICL materials? 
Requests are usually initiated within 1-2 hours of receipt. Availability, transit time, and other factors affect how long it takes for the requested items to be received. Material generally arrives within 3 week days, but may take longer. Plan ahead!

Is it going to cost anything? 
No, there is no charge for ICL. Patrons are responsible for all standard fines and fees if they do not return the material once they check it out.

How will I know when ICL items have arrived? 
Patrons are notified by phone or mail when the material arrives. If we are unable to fill your request, you will be notified. You will have one week to pick up the material after it is received at the requesting campus library. 

How long may I keep books? 
Periodical article requests are filled with a photocopy of the article that you may keep. Books and media check out according to the normal policy for the material. In general, the normal loan period is 4 weeks for books and 2 days for media. One renewal is possible if the item is not on hold for another patron. Media renewal must be requested from Media Resources before the item is overdue. Items that do not normally leave the library may be available for ICL on an in-house use only basis. The availability of these materials for ICL is determined on a case-by-case basis by the campus that holds the material.

How do I return borrowed materials? 
Materials borrowed through ICL can be returned to any TCC campus LRC. Books may be returned in the book drop or to the Circulation desk. Media items should be returned to the Media Resources desk. When the library is closed media items may be returned in the media drop box. Media should never be returned to the outside book drop; doing so may damage the material and result in replacement charges. Please return materials on time; patrons with overdue materials will be blocked from checking out additional items. 

What may not be borrowed through ILL? 
Reference materials are generally not available for ICL. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis; the library that holds the material decides all exceptions. In addition, the following material is not available for ICL: 

  • Reserve materials
  • Complete issues of periodicals
  • Computer software
  • Media scheduled for classroom use
  • Media with copyright restrictions which prohibit loans to another campus
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