North Carolina Interlibrary Loan Code

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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:

  1. Titles in current and/or recurring demand.
  2. A large number of items for one person at any one time.
  3. Titles already owned unless the items are missing.
  4. Materials for reserve or multiple copies for use in a class.

Most libraries will not ordinarily lend the following types of materials:

  1. Rare or valuable material, including manuscripts
  2. Bulky or fragile items.
  3. Material in high demand at the lending library.
  4. Material with local circulation restrictions.
  5. Unique material that would be difficult or impossible to replace.