Last Amendment: 5 May 2015
Approved by: Executive
Policy owner/sponsor: Executive Director, Library and Information Services
Policy Contact Officer: Coordinator, Family History and Australasian Teams, Information & Access
Policy No: PD/46 TRIM File No: 52885
Date approved: 05/05/2015
Next review: 05/05/2018
The State Library of New South Wales is the major reference and research library for the people of New South Wales and has a dual responsibility: the Library serves as a library of record documenting the history of New South Wales; the Library supports client use, particularly public libraries in NSW.
In supporting client use and meeting information needs, the State Library is committed to the principles of resource sharing and cooperates with other libraries in New South Wales, across Australia and overseas in interlibrary lending and document supply.
2.1. Interlibrary loans – a service where one library obtains a work for a client by borrowing from another library.
2.2. Document delivery – a service where one library obtains a copy of part of a work for a client by requesting it from another library.
2.3. Bulk loans – a selection of multicultural and alternative format material lent to NSW public libraries.
Items on loan to cultural institutions for exhibitions are not covered by this policy. Please see Guidelines & Conditions for External Exhibition Loans.
Loans of collection items to staff are covered by the Staff Loans Policy.
4. Policy statement
This policy governs the lending of items (library material) from the State Library’s collections to other libraries, that is, interlibrary loans.
The State Library does not lend directly to individuals. Individuals may request loans from the State Library’s collections through a library of which they are a member, such as their public library.
Some State Library collections and formats are not available for loan, including all items in the Mitchell Library and Dixson Library collections. These collections represent the published history of Australia, with particular emphasis on New South Wales, and are restricted to onsite use to preserve them for current and future generations.
For more detail on the collections and formats not available for loan see 4.1 Conditions of the Policy. (For material not available for loan, copies may be requested by public libraries through the document delivery service, subject to copyright restrictions).
The State Library follows the policies and guidelines in the Australian Interlibrary Resource Sharing (ILRS) Code in the administration of this policy. For public libraries in New South Wales, core requests for loans are supplied free of charge.
4.1 Conditions of the policy
|Who can borrow interlibrary loans||
|Who can borrow - bulk loans||
|Available for loan||
|Period of loan||
|Overdue and non-return of loans||
The borrowing library will be charged a standard replacement cost for a lost or damaged item:
|Not available for loan through the Interlibrary Lending Policy||
The State Library reserves the right to vary the exceptions to this policy.
5. Legislative and Policy Framework
Most relevant legislation
- Copyright Act 1968
- Library Act 1939
- Library Regulation 2010
- State Records Act 1998
Related and/or most relevant State Library and government policies
- Australian ILRS Code 2013 - Outgoing Loans Policy
- Preservation Policy - Staff Loans Policy
The Executive Director, Library and Information Services and Dixson Librarian, and the Executive Director, Public Libraries and Engagement are responsible for
- leading the implementation of this policy including its conformity to the Australian ILRS Code.
The Executive Committee is responsible for:
- ensuring the policy is communicated to managers, supervisors and coordinators
- ensuring that the policy is reviewed every three years.
The Manager, Information & Access and Manager, Public Library Services are responsible for:
- implementing the policy and related procedures
- managing processes relevant to this policy
- ensuring the policy is communicated effectively to managers, supervisors and coordinators
Information & Access and Public Library Services Coordinators and supervisors are responsible for:
- ensuring there is ongoing and effective communication with staff about processes relevant to this policy.
- the provision of an interlibrary loan and document supply service in line with the conditions of this policy.
State Library staff are responsible for:
- understanding and complying with this policy.
7. Records management
Interlibrary lending records will be maintained in accordance with the Library’s Records Management Policy.
Interlibrary Lending and Document Supply Procedures (Information & Access)
This policy was approved by NSW State Librarian & CE/Executive on 05/05/2015
This policy is implemented on 01 July 2015.
This policy replaces Lending Policy 2009.
12. Prepared by:
Coordinator, Family History and Australasian Teams, Information & Access
13. Document History and Version Control
|Version||Date approved||Approved by||Brief description|
|1.0||July 2009||State Librarian||Lending Policy|
|2.0||05 May 2015||State Librarian & Executive||Name changed to Interlibrary Lending Policy and updated|