This code is a voluntary agreement adopted by the North Carolina Library Association to govern interlibrary lending among libraries in North Carolina. Interlibrary loan is a privilege and should serve as an adjunct to, not a substitute for, collection development.
A library may request a loan or photocopy of any library material needed for study, instruction, information, research, or recreation. However, libraries should not ordinarily request:
- Titles in current and/or recurring demand.
- A large number of items for one person at any one time.
- Titles already owned unless the items are missing.
- Materials for reserve or multiple copies for use in a class.
Most libraries will not ordinarily lend the following types of materials:
- Rare or valuable material, including manuscripts
- Bulky or fragile items.
- Material in high demand at the lending library.
- Material with local circulation restrictions.
- Unique material that would be difficult or impossible to replace.