For Members of the Bryant University Community:
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan is the borrowing and lending of materials not owned by Bryant University. This service is available to current Bryant faculty, staff, and students.
Print Material requested through interlibrary loan can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to arrive. When your material arrives, you will be notified via e-mail. All print material will be available at Borrower Services for pick up.
Electronic copies of articles or excerpts may arrive earlier than print material and will be sent to you via email.
For these reasons, it is important to make sure your library account information is up to date. The Borrower Services staff can assist you and update your contact information. Please call 232-6125 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Copyright law of the United States, title 17 of the US Code, governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under detailed provisions specified in the law, libraries and archives are allowed to supply a photocopy or reproduction of copyrighted materials.
As per section 108 of U.S. Copyright code and guidelines established by the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU), we may only request or distribute up to five articles per journal title per calendar year. Once we have hit the limit for a given journal title, any and all requests for material from that journal must be denied.
If a patron requests a photocopy, electronic copy or other version of the reproduced material and uses this reproduction for purposes in excess of "Fair Use" [section 107], that patron may be legally responsible for infringement of copyright.
Limitations on Requests, Loans, and Renewals
Bryant adheres to the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, as well as all policies established by the lending institution. While we will try to obtain all requests, some materials are more difficult to obtain. These materials include:
- Recently published books
- Journal issues
- Rare materials, esp. manuscripts
- Genealogical material
- Audio-Visual material
- Reserve materials
There are no limits on the number of requests patrons may submit, however, if necessary, the interlibrary loan staff does reserve the right to limit the amount of requests that are processed each day and may deny requests based on copyright restrictions outlined above.
The loan period for borrowed material is established by the lending institution. In most cases the lending library allows at least a 2 week loan period. To ensure continued borrowing, it is important that all materials are returned by their due date. Print material can be returned to the Borrower Services staff. Electronic copies do not need to be returned.
The lending institution establishes all conditions for loaned material. Renewal of material is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the lending library. If you need to renew materials, you must contact the interlibrary loan office 1 week prior to the due date so that we can ask the lending institution for an extension on the loan period. The interlibrary loan office will contact you and inform you if an extension was given.
Requesting an Item via Interlibrary Loan
Most items can be requested directly through the Discovery catalog by using the "Request Item Through Interlibrary Loan" button located in their records. Requests can also be placed via the Interlibrary Loan Request Form for items not listed in the Discovery catalog or if there are technical issues otherwise preventing you from making a request.
For Other Libraries and Their Patrons:
Requesting a Bryant Item via Interlibrary Loan
Because Interlibrary Loan is handled on a library-to-library basis, requests should not come directly from individual patrons. If you find an item in our catalog that you wish to borrow, please contact your local library and have them reach out to us on your behalf.
Interlibrary Loan requests from other libraries are best handled via OCLC, but we can also accept requests via email if necessary.
To contact us for interlibrary loan-related requests or general inquiries, please email email@example.com or phone the Borrower Services department at 401-232-6125.
Limitations on Requests
The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library does not ordinarily lend the following item types:
- Full journal issues (though we can send articles on an individual basis, provided there are no license restrictions)
- Special Collections / Archive materials
- Reference collection materials
- Course Reserve items
- Athletics collection books
- Limited Access and/or Oversized media
All requests for item renewal should come from the library to which the item was sent, not the requesting patron. If you need a Bryant-owned item renewed, please contact your library.