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InterlibraryLoan Policies and Procedures
CSUB Library Patron Borrowing Policies
Eligibility- Interlibrary Loan Services are available only to currently enrolled California State University students; California State University, Bakersfield faculty members or emeritus faculty members; and CSUB staff members. Patrons with unpaid Interlibrary Loan fees or fines will not be eligible to use the service.
Registration- All patrons will be required to register for Interlibrary Loan Service and establish an Interlibrary Loan account to use the service.
Materials- Research materials not accessible in the Walter W. Stiern Library or through its electronic resources can be requested. Items held by Stiern Library that are missing, checked out, or damaged beyond a patron's ability to use the item may also be requested.
Fines- Overdue fines accrue at a rate of one dollar per day. The fines apply to all patrons, including faculty.
Charges- Photocopies of articles, electronic copies of articles, and other copies of portions of monographs or periodicals are normally free to patrons. If a direct copyright royalty is required for an item, the patron will be asked to pay half the cost (see “Copyright Clearance,” below). Books and other returnable items borrowed from other CSU libraries or from reciprocal libraries are free to patrons. For returnable materials borrowed from non-reciprocating libraries, the patron will be asked to pay half the shipping cost. The patron is responsible for paying his portion of the shipping cost, whether or not he picks up the book from Interlibrary Loan.
Copyright Clearance- Copyright law does not specifically limit the number of photocopies that a library may receive from a publication through interlibrary borrowing. However, under guidelines established in 1978 by the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Materials, the copying of materials is subject to copyright restriction if a library obtains more than five copies of items published within the previous five years contained in a single publication; or if a library obtains more than five copies of items from a single publication within a single year. (See CONTU Guidelines, Subsection 108 (g) (2)). The CSUB Interlibrary Loan Department makes every effort to comply with the CONTU guidelines. If a publication has been the subject of a request for photocopies and has exceeded the limits established in the guidelines, the staff will either attempt obtain the item through a document delivery service or pay a royalty directly to the copyright owner. On occasion, copyright cannot be cleared and the request cannot be filled.
Free materials- Patrons have the option of limiting their requests to free items only. Such a request will be honored, although it may limit the staff's ability to obtain the item.
Electronic Ordering- All patrons must use the electronic form to order materials. If a patron is for any reason unable to use the electronic form because of a physical disability, a staff member will provide assistance by phone, TDD, or email.
Number of items- Patrons may order as many items as they wish, but only three per day per patron will be processed.
Handicapped Patrons- The Interlibrary Loan Department is committed to ensuring that all patrons have access to our services. If for any reason, a patron needs special assistance with his or her request, he should call 654-2129.
CSUB Lending Policies to Other Institutions
Acceptable Methods of Request- OCLC Interlibrary Loan is the preferred method. ALA forms and FAX requests are acceptable if OCLC is not possible.
Excluded materials: The following item types are not lent: audio/visual, computer file, e-serial, bound Serial, unbound serial, e-book.
Loan period: 30 days
Renewals: 14 days
Currency: US Dollar only.
Reciprocal Agreement: Walter W. Stiern Library maintains reciprocal agreements with institutions in the United States.