- Book Loan Programs
Interlibrary Loan: General Guidelines. Patrons may borrow books or materials through the TexNet Interlibrary Loan Program for items not available locally at the library. Patrons can also request photocopies of newspaper and/or magazine articles. Photocopy request of this nature are usually honored. Patron will need to indicate specific pages or names to be photocopied. NOTE: The Reference Librarian may impose a photocoping fee if the Supping Library requires it. Please search the [ Library Catalog ] first to make sure item is not available.
The following materials are NOT generally available through Interlibrary Loan: Current bestsellers: fiction and/or non-fiction less than twelve (12) months old. Non-circulating Items: Genealogy, heraldic, and/or similar materials. Periodicals: Entire issues or volumes of periodicals or professional journals. Audio visual materials: DVD's, CDs, Microfilms, Cassettes, and Videos tapes, including Computer software programs. Special collections: Rare books or manuscripts, including Textbooks. Paperbacks: These requests will be filled only if found, but most paperback collections are not cataloged because the shelf life of paperbacks is relatively short.
Turnaround Time: Interlibrary loan is not for rush items. There are no guarantees on delivery time or that the item you request is available for loan. Allow at least two weeks but many loans can take longer. If the item you are looking for is popular, or if you have recently heard the item discussed on television or radio, other people are probably interested in it too and the item may be checked out everywhere and not available for a while. Loan periods (normally 4 weeks) and all other conditions of a loan are determined by the lending library, not by Robert J. Kleberg Public Library. Many lending libraries prefer not to renew interlibrary loan items. Renewals are only possible if the lending library agrees to renew the item. You will be notified when your Interlibrary Loan materials arrive. Interlibrary Loan materials must be returned to the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library only.
Fees and Fines: Most of the time, the Lending Library will charge for postage, insurance (if required), or photocopies of magazine/newspaper articles. The Reference Librarian may ask you how much you are willing to pay when your request is taken. And, as usual, if you return the material after the due date or if you lose it, you are responsible for any fines or replacement costs. It is very important that materials are returned by the due date in the same condition as they arrived. The overdue fine for interlibrary loans is $.05 per day. The libraries we borrow from may not allow us to order materials for other patrons if any materials are overdue. Due to the time, cost and effort involved to do interlibrary loan, there will be a $1.00 fine plus postage if an interlibrary loan item is not picked-up. Patrons will be charged for lost or damaged interlibrary loan material. These charges are decided upon by the owning library. These charges often include the cost of the lost material plus a service charge (due to the added costs incurred by the lending library to replace and process the lost item).
Procedure for submitting: Interlibrary Loan requests may be made in person at the Reference Desk. Just ask the attending librarian for an Interlibrary Loan request form.
Copyright Restrictions: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions: The copyright law of the United States (U.S. Code, Title 17) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. 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. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.