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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a service that is free but restricted in use to current students, staff, and faculty with a valid BCC Campus Card. If an item is unavailable through the BCC Libraries SAILS Catalog OR the Commonwealth Catalog, this services allows you to borrow books or receive copies of documents that are owned by libraries outside our lending area.

Notice

We go to all reasonable lengths to obtain materials for users as quickly as possible.  These materials are ordered from other libraries across the country and it takes an average of 7-10 days for loan materials to arrive. Journal articles/ book chapters are usually available more quickly.

Prior to requesting an item from ILL, please check the BCC Library/SAILS Catalog AND the Commonwealth Catalog to make sure the material is not available from the libraries within those systems.

Interlibrary Loan Requests

Interlibrary loans requests are restricted to BCC students, faculty and staff.  Material may be requested when an item is not available at BCC or by searching SAILS.  Staff will contact libraries within a worldwide network on your behalf and request an item be sent for borrowing.  

Article/Periodical Requests

  1. Please be certain that the article you are requesting is not available at the Learning Resources Center.

  2. Using the Interlibrary Loan Request below, please indicate a complete bibliographic citation, and submit one request form for each article.

  3. Allow 7 to 10 days average time for acquisition of material, or a response.

  4. Limit ten (10) requests per week, per person, except by arrangement.

  5. Material requested may be protected by copyright (Title17 U.S.C.).

Book Requests

  1. Items unavailable for borrowing through Interlibrary Loans include audiocassettes, computer software, periodical issues and volumes, sound recordings and videocassettes.

  2. Please be certain that the book you are requesting is not available at the Learning Resources Center through SAILS. Missing books may be located by the Circulation Department. Please inquire.

  3. Using the Interlibrary Loan Request below, please indicate a complete bibliographic citation, and submit one request form for each book.

  4. Allow 7 to 10 days average time for acquisition of material, or a response.

  5. Limit ten (10) requests per week, per person, except by arrangement.

Copyright & ILL

"The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. 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 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."

In order to operate within the guidelines of "fair use" while striving to provide access to research materials, IDD's copyright policies for article and book chapter requests are as follows:

  • Article: No more than two articles from a single issue of a periodical or journal can be delivered.
  • Book Chapters: No more than two chapters or 15% from a single work (whichever is less) can be delivered.

Contact Information

If you have questions about ILL, please contact Melanie Johnson, Serials Librarian..
Phone:
508-678-2811 x2458
Email:
ill@bristolcc.edu, melanie.johnson@bristolcc.edu
Fall River Library: 774-357-2105

Please note that if you need to renew a material you received from Interlibrary Loan, please contact us with the information above.   Special permission must be granted via the lending library, and normal renewing options do not apply.

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