Interlibrary Loan Services and Policies
Interlibrary loan is a service whereby ILL staff obtains materials not available in the Potter Library from other libraries. Loaned items are shipped to Potter Library, and copies may be sent electronically. ILL staff can be reached at 201.684.7579 or email@example.com.
- Current Ramapo students
- Current Ramapo full-time and adjunct faculty
- Current Ramapo staff
Patrons must have a valid identification card and have no blocks on his/her borrowing privileges.
- Journal articles
- Audiovisual materials
- Any material that George T. Potter Library does not own, as well as materials declared missing after a search has been performed
We will request these materials for you; however, the policies of lending libraries differ and we cannot guarantee that they will let us borrow requested items.
- Materials that are owned by Potter Library and are on loan to another patron (at the discretion of a Reference Librarian).
- Materials that are on reserve in the Potter Library.
The following types of materials are usually NOT LENT by libraries:
- Reference materials
- Materials that are currently in high demand
- Materials that are on reserve at the lending library
- Books published within the past year
- Rare or valuable materials
- Theses or dissertations
You can still request these items, but please be aware that your request might not be filled. However, you may be able to request copies of reasonable amounts of reference materials, textbooks and other printed materials. To request a copy, use the book request form and enter the specific page numbers you would like copied.
Loaned items will be held for 14 days, after which they will be returned to the lending library if not picked up.
- Late or damaged items may be subject to fees as determined by the lending library.
- We ask for your cooperation in returning the borrowed materials promptly so as not to jeopardize our good relations with the lending library.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.
“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 purposes in excess of “fair use”, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.”
The George. T. Potter Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy request if fulfillment would involve violating copyright law.
Interlibrary Loan service is a privilege, not a right. ILL staff has the right to refuse ILL service to any Potter Library patron who, in their judgment, has failed to adhere to the above guidelines.