Interlibrary Loan Policy
OverviewInterlibrary loan of periodical articles, books, and videos is available to current faculty, staff, and enrolled students (hereafter referred to as library patrons) to access resources not owned by City University of Seattle from other libraries for application in academic purposes or university business. Interlibrary loan of material that can be scanned for e-delivery such as periodical articles is available to all CityU library patrons. Materials that are not available for e-delivery (such as books) are available for CityU library patrons in the U.S. and Canada. The average time needed for an interlibrary loan transaction is 7-10 days. Circulation periods are determined by the lending library. Patrons are responsible for:
FAQ'sWhat can be requested?
You will be notified through your CityU email account when:
Return materials that are mailed to you by the due date set by the lending library either in person to the CityU Library in Seattle or by mail at your expense. It is not necessary to return items sent to you via e-delivery.
Renewing ItemsInterlibrary loan materials may be renewed at the discretion of the lending library. Renewals should be requested through CityU Library at least five (5) days before the due date. Submit your request through the Ask a Librarian service or by phone at 206-239-4560 (toll free 800.526.4269).
Overdue, Lost, or Damaged ItemsOverdue Items
Interlibrary loan materials are overdue if not returned by the due date. Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy two weeks after an item’s due date. Patrons are responsible for returning or replacing materials whether or not an overdue notice has been received. The library does not charge daily fines for overdue materials. Lost or Damaged Items
A Library Materials Invoice is sent four weeks after the item’s due date, listing the replacement cost for the item. An item is considered lost if it has not been returned by the time an invoice is sent. Upon receipt of an invoice, a patron must do one of the following:
When a Library Materials Invoice is issued, borrowing privileges are suspended until the item is returned, a suitable copy has been provided, or the invoice is paid in full. In the event of an outstanding balance for library materials, City University of Seattle will hold school transcripts or diplomas, or refuse to accept registration for future classes. In the event of repeated disregard of due dates, borrowing privileges may be suspended for an extended period of time. Payment for invoices should be sent to the following address: City University of Seattle Library
521 Wall Street
Seattle, WA 98121 Patrons are to indicate on their payment that it is for library materials. Confidentiality of Library Resources
Circulation records are confidential. Confidentiality extends to information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, and acquired. Library staff will not disclose who has borrowed an item or which items have been borrowed, except for library administration purposes, or unless required to do so by a court order.
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