Interlibrary Loan is a service that provides LMU faculty, staff and students access to materials not available at Carnegie-Vincent Library.
Interlibrary loan is a service offered to only the faculty, staff and students of Lincoln Memorial University. Patrons using this service must have a Carnegie-Vincent Library card. Students from surrounding schools and community residents are not offered this service. Therefore, they should inquire about interlibrary loan services at the school where they are currently enrolled or their nearest public library.
Patrons who have previously demonstrated irresponsible borrowing habits may be denied the use of the library’s interlibrary loan service.
Types of Materials Available
The library will attempt to borrow any type of material(s) needed by those with interlibrary loan privileges unless borrowing the material(s) would violate current copyright laws (e.g. entire issues of periodicals). However, the library staff makes no guarantees that other institutions will lend the material(s) since lending institutions determine the types of items they lend. Examples of items that other institutions may not lend include:
Special Collections (rare and/or valuable material)
Current bestsellers and popular titles
Current copyright laws prohibit the library from ordering more than five (5) articles dated within the past five (5) years from any one particular journal title during any one given year unless copyright fees are paid to the publisher. In addition, the library cannot order more than one (1) article from any single issue of a journal for the same patron. For these reasons, borrowers may be asked to limit requests for current articles. The library tracks interlibrary loan serial statistics monthly in order to comply with these copyright regulations.
Requests should be submitted via the online form on the library’s website which can be found at:
It is important that the requester makes every attempt to ensure that Carnegie Vincent Library does not own the desired item before completing an interlibrary loan request.
Arrival Time, Pickups and Returns
Materials usually arrive within two (2) weeks after a request is made. In some instances the process may take longer. The interlibrary loan staff notifies borrowers by phone and/or e-mail when the requested item has arrived. Please check with Kay Davis (869-6220 or email@example.com) if you have not been notified within two weeks after submitting a request. Items should be picked up and returned to the library’s circulation desk.
Extended Learning Sites
Items requested by patrons at extended learning sites will be shipped to the patron’s home address. Because the item must first arrive at Carnegie-Vincent Library then be shipped elsewhere, the process could take up to four (4) weeks. Please check with Kay Davis (869-6220 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have not received an item within four weeks after submitting a request. Patrons at extended learning sites are responsible for the cost of shipping the item back to Carnegie-Vincent Library.
Please return the item to: Carnegie-Vincent Library
Lincoln Memorial University
Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
Loan periods vary by institution. A piece of paper noting the due date of the interlibrary loan material(s) will accompany the item(s). Some institutions allow renewals. However, requests for renewals should be made before the due date. The loan period for borrowed ILL materials is 30 days. In order to remain in good standing with lending institutions so that we may continue to borrow materials from them, please return interlibrary loan items on time.
There is no charge for the standard interlibrary loan service for LMU faculty, staff and students. However, borrowers are responsible for any costs charged by the lending institution including overdue fines, general lending fees and replacement of lost or damaged items. Late fines will be charged by Carnegie-Vincent Library at the maximum rate of $.15 per day, per item.
Students using the interlibrary loan service at extended learning sites will be responsible for paying the shipping cost of returning items to the Carnegie-Vincent Library.
Any OCLC member institution may request materials from Carnegie-Vincent Library. The library does not loan to individuals. The borrowing library is responsible for compliance with the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and its accompanying guidelines, and should inform its users of the applicable portions of the law. Requests from eligible institutions should be made via OCLC’s ILL Web.
Contracts with database vendors prohibit the Carnegie-Vincent Library from e-mailing articles. Therefore, the library cannot e-mail any articles available from our databases. The articles can be printed of and mailed through USPS.
Types of Materials Available
While the Carnegie-Vincent Library encourages resource sharing, it is unable to lend the following items via inter-library loan:
Items the library doesn’t lend:
Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Materials
Newly acquired materials (as defined by the item status field)
Materials restricted by licensing agreements (e.g. NetLibrary e-books)
Equipment (including TVs, VCRs, DVD players and LCD projectors)
Complete Journal Issues
The library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment would violate copyright law. The library also reserves the right to refuse to lend materials or to ask a borrowing library to restrict use of materials lent.
The loan period for borrowed ILL materials is 30 days.
The library does not charge for lending items. However, borrowing libraries may be charged for the shipping of large items or for the copying of a large number of pages. The library will charge the borrowing library for materials that are damaged or lost on interlibrary loan.