Interlibrary loan services are available to faculty, staff, and students of Vermont Technical College and Community College of Vermont only. Community users and others should contact their local public library for this service.
For students – you must be registered for the current semester to receive interlibrary loan services.
The primary purpose of interlibrary loan at Vermont Tech is to support the research and educational needs of our students, faculty, and staff by obtaining material which is unavailable in our catalog or electronic databases. Due to the expense of mailing and interlibrary loan services we are unable to obtain leisure materials for students, faculty, and staff through interlibrary loan.
Interlibrary Loan works best for users with one-time, short-term needs. Users who have long-term or a repeated need of specific publications should contact one of our Collection Development librarians at (802) 728-1237 or fill out our Recommend a Purchase form online.
How to place a request
Prior to placing your request, please consult the VSC catalog to ensure that the item you need is not owned by us.
Requests should be submitted online. Interlibrary loan links are available within the VSC library catalog. From the "Details" page, click on the link "Place Request " on the right hand side of the screen for an item that is not held at Hartness Library. You may also submit requests for items you locate when using the "Multiple Library Search" option. If you do not have access to a computer or are having trouble with the online forms, contact us at (802) 728-1237.
Providing complete and accurate information on the request form helps reduce processing time. Abbreviations and incomplete or incorrect information on the request form delays the processing of a request. Including the citation number from an online search is especially helpful. For help in verifying a citation or translating abbreviations, ask a reference librarian for assistance.
You can have a maximum number of 5 items on loan at one time.
How long does it take?
Materials ordered through Interlibrary Loan take an average of 7 to 14 days to arrive. Please plan ahead and submit requests in a time frame that allows for two weeks or more for delivery as some lending libraries may take longer to process a request.
What will other libraries loan?
Other libraries will generally loan material that they circulate to their own patrons.
Typically these items are not available through ILL:
- reference books
- course reserve books
- rare books
- technical reports
- genealogy-related material
- individual issues or bound volumes of periodicals
How long can ILL material be borrowed?
- ILL videos/DVD’s - 2 weeks
- ILL books/audio materials - 4 weeks
- In most cases ILL material is not renewable
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or other reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research."
If a user makes a request for or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.