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Please note:  We are working remotely during COVID-19.  While we are unable to fill requests for physical materials, we are still fulfilling requests for articles.   Please allow extended processing time as our lenders are also working remotely.  Thank you!  Bristol Library Learning Commons ILL



 


Interlibrary loan is a service that is free but restricted in use to current students, staff, and faculty with a valid Bristol Community College Student ID.  Please be ready to provide your 900# when submitting a request.  If an item is unavailable through the Library Learning Commons HELM Online 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 Library Learning Commons HELM Online 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 Bristol Community College students, faculty and staff.  Material may be requested when an item is not available at Bristol Community College or by searching HELM.  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 Library Learning Commons.

  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 Library Learning Commons through HELM. 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 Interlibrary Loan, please contact Melanie Johnson, Access Services 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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Bristol librarians are available to help you with your research. We provide guidance in locating information and using resources available through the library and on the internet. If you need research help, using the chat box is a fast and easy way to reach out to us!