Interlibrary Loan Procedures

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How to request a loan

All of the display and print formats in the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) contain one of two fields:
ILL: yes / no
AVAILABILITY: Available on Interlibrary Loan / Not Available on Interlibrary Loan

These fields indicate whether or not the item is available from the library on interlibrary loan (ILL).

Access to many of the items you find on the OPAC is provided via ILL. The loan starts with a visit to your local public, college or corporate library. The librarian there will explain the library's ILL policies. Some libraries may charge a fee for ILL services. Like the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) library, many libraries do not loan audiovisual materials or reference books like encyclopedias. It is also important to remember that both the lending and borrowing libraries must comply with the Copyright Compliance Guidelines (sect.108(g)) of the U.S. Copyright Law and all other provisions that may apply.

For any of the items you wish to borrow, provide the ILL librarian with as much information as possible. A copy of the printout from the online catalog would be ideal. Your library takes it from there. There are several ways that your local library might use to get the item on your printout from the USFA OPAC. Borrowing the item(s) from us is only one of the ways. As an example, a library closer to you than the USFA's may own the item.

Your library can contact us on the OCLC (your library will know what this is) online ILL network; our symbol is (NFP). Or they may mail or fax a standard ILL form to us (one ILL form per item, please). Please have your library contact us at any of the numbers below if they have questions.

When we have approved your ILL request, the item(s) will be sent to your library and they in turn will loan them to you. When you have finished with the item(s), you return them to your library and they mail it back to us. You may keep most photocopied items.

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Library lending policy

The LRC will interlibrary loan only with libraries in the United States.

Loan requests are subject to approval based on the following criteria and/or restrictions: