Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service through which library patrons may borrow material from distant libraries through their local library. This service is usually requested when a student or faculty member needs a specific title or other material which is unavailable in local libraries. Normally there is no fee charged for this service unless the loaning library requires a fee for photocopying, for example. Materials are picked up and returned to the library where the ILL request was submitted. The estimated time of arrival of requested materials is ten days; keep this time limitation in mind when placing ILL requests.
Materials from within the Rutherford County libraries may be requested through ILL, as the Consortium libraries have established a courier system for transporting materials on a regular basis.
Materials from any Consortium library can be borrowed using a Consortium card, available at no charge from any member library. If you'd like to review the libraries in the Consortium, refer to the CMC Library Consortium.
If you need material for longer than the due date, contact Cathy Webb, the ILL Technician at the College Library, at least three days in advance of the due date, at (828) 395-1518, or by email.
The technician will then contact the lending library for permission to renew, and will contact you with the update.
The library will mail Isothermal materials that you request to the address you provide on your completed Interlibrary Loan Form, on the condition that you reside outside the county and do not attend any classes on campus. Otherwise, materials will be held at the library for pickup.
The CMC Library Consortium Catalog can be used to locate Isothermal Library materials.
To request an item, transfer the information from the catalog record of the item to the Interlibrary Loan form If the item is a book, the date due is located on a paper band fastened around the front cover.
Books must be returned, in person or through the mail, to Isothermal Library by the due date to avoid incurring fines.
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For the few databases that require a different login that information is posted in Moodle in the Library Resources block under "Database Passwords."
If you are a current student or employee of the College who does not use Moodle, email your FULL NAME and DATE OF BIRTH to:
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