Q. Can I request a required textbook for my class through Interlibrary Loan?

Answer

No. We cannot request textbooks from other libraries. Why not? Well…

  • Some textbooks, lab materials, and course pack are created by WT faculty as such are only available at WT
  • Few libraries purchase textbooks. Of those that do:
    • Only a few will have the newest edition
    • Even fewer number of libraries will loan their textbooks out to other libraries
  • The lending library owns the book as such they can stipulate conditions not conducive for using ILL as an alternative for purchasing/renting your textbooks
    • Short loan periods, often only between 2-3 weeks
    • Renewals are either not allowed or are extremely short (1-2 extra weeks)
    • The loaning library may recall the book so their own user may checkout the book
    • If you lose the book or fail to return the book on time:
      • You would be responsible for late, processing, and replacement fees.
      • Your grades, graduation, transcripts, and library privileges would be blocked until these fees were paid.
      • Additionally, the Cornette library could lose borrowing privileges from the lending library for all WT faculty, staff, and students
  • Last Updated Aug 29, 2018
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  • Answered By Bob Smith

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