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Rebecca Crown Library Policies

Collected here are all of the Rebecca Crown Library's written Policies.

Resource Sharing Policy

Resource sharing is the process by which the Rebcca Crown Library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library. Material includes books, and other returnable items as well as copies of journal articles, book chapters, excerpts, and other non-returnable items.

The Rebecca Crown Library provides resource sharing in order to enhance and extend the resources available to Dominican students, faculty and staff. Resource sharing is an essential part of the library's mission to meet the informational needs of the Dominican University community. It is intended to support scholarly research and supplement classroom learning.

The Rebecca Crown Library's Resource Sharing service is provided in accordance with the Consortium of Illinois Academic and Research Libraries I-Share Library Resource Sharing code , The Libraries Very Interested in Sharing (LVIS) Agreement , the Illinois Intersystem Reciprocal Borrowing Covenant and the Interlibrary Loan code for the United States .

Borrowing Materials From Other Libraries

  • Resource sharing is a free service offered to all current students, faculty and staff of Dominican University.
  • Materials which may be requested include books and government documents. Photocopies of periodical and newspaper articles may be requested in accordance with U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and its accompanying guidelines.
  • Requests for books may be placed online via I-Share. Requests for books not available in I-Share and article requests may be placed through an electronic request form, available on the library website. Reference librarians are available to assist with submitting requests.
  • Audiovisual materials may not be requested.
  • The library will borrow dissertations if they are available. If not, the library will refer the borrower to the appropriate service to purchase the disseration.
  • When a requested item is available for pick-up, borrowers will be notified at their Dominican University email address. Article requests will be sent electronically whenever possible.
  • Borrowers may request renewals directly through “My Account” in I-Share. If the item was not obtained through I-Share, borrowers must request renewals before materials are due by contacting the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator at or (708) 524-6877. Renewals are provided at the owning library’s discretion and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Borrowers must honor any use restrictions specified by the owning library, such as no photocopying or in-library use only.
  • All borrowed material is subject to recall by the owning library. Borrowers must respond immediately if the owning library recalls an item.
  • An individual borrower is subject to the same fine, lost and damaged material policies, as is a borrower of the same type affiliated with the lending library.
  • Resource Sharing may be limited or suspended for borrowers who repeatedly fail to pick up requested materials, keep materials overdue, or damage/deface materials.

Lending Materials To Other Libraries

  • Materials we share include books from our circulating collection, photocopies of journal articles, newspaper articles and pages from books (print or microform) and government documents.
  • Materials we do not loan include items located in Media Services, periodicals and newspapers (except single articles in accordance with U.S. copyright law), reference books, and non-circulating materials.
  • Borrowing libraries should submit requests in standard formats as prescribed by the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States. Requests will be accepted via mail, e-mail, fax, Arial or OCLC.
  • Our average turnaround time on lending is two working days. We make every possible effort to process all requests promptly.
  • Loan period is 4 weeks. Renewals may be provided at the Library’s discretion.
  • All loaned items are subject to recall.
  • There are no charges for I-Share Libraries or out-of-state libraries with whom we have reciprocal agreements unless the item is lost. The replacement cost for lost books is the current market price of the book, plus a $15.00 processing fee. If the item is no longer in print, a minimum $50.00 replacement charge plus $15.00 processing will apply.
  • Current affiliations are CARLI (I-Share), LIBRAS, RAILS and LVIS
  • Resource Sharing may be limited or suspended for borrowing libraries that repeatedly keep materials overdue, fail to properly package returning items, or that lose, damage/deface materials.