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Interlibrary Loan

The Fauquier County Public Library participates in the national interlibrary loan program in which library materials are made available by one library to another. Interlibrary lending does not relieve the Fauquier County Library from the responsibility of developing its own collection. The library will provide resources to meet the ordinary study, educational, instructional, and research needs of its users.

Interlibrary loan service is available to patrons who are residents, attend school, own property in Fauquier County, or who have paid an out-of-county fee for a library card and whose borrowing record is in good standing.

Requests to other libraries will be limited to those items which the Fauquier County Public Library might not be expected to own. The library will not make a disproportionate number of requests from the same lending library to ensure fair, equitable, and timely service within the constraints of budget and staffing. The library will honor any limitation on use by the lending library.

The Fauquier County Public Library policy on lending materials through this program will be as liberal and unrestrictive as possible without infringing upon the interests of its primary users. All interlibrary loan requests for Fauquier materials must be initiated by a library participating in the national program. A fee will be charged to loan materials to out-of-state libraries.

Patrons are responsible for charges or fines imposed by the lending library. Every attempt will be made to borrow items from libraries that do not charge fees for loaning materials. If a patron does not wish to borrow an item on which charges are imposed – (such as insurance fees, lending fees, photocopying charges) – it must be stipulated when the request is made. Fines for overdue materials and processing costs for lost items are the responsibility of the patron.

Adopted: 9/7/83

Revised: 6/4/87, 6/2/88, 9/17/92, 3/18/99, 5/19/05, 7/16/09

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