What is Interlibrary Loan?                                                        

This service assists library users in obtaining copies of materials which are not a part of the Chapin Memorial Library collections. Our staff will locate materials at libraries throughout the state and nation. Library patrons may request books, periodical articles, and microfilm. Items published in the current year may not be available to loan. In most cases non-educational videocassettes, audio recordings and computer software will not be available through Interlibrary Loan.

Interlibrary Loan Policy and Procedure

Who may request Interlibrary Loan Items?

Services are available to any person who has a current Chapin Memorial Library card and is eligible to borrow materials from the library. To request an Interlibrary Loan, a form must be filled out for each item requested. Please see any staff member for a form(s).

Is there a fee for this service?

Materials borrowed from the South Carolina State Library and the Horry County Library System are free of charge. All other material searches incur a $1.00 fee per search whether request is filled or not. Lending libraries may impose fees in exceptional cases. These vary and depend on the lending library. Pease indicate the maximum amount you are willing to pay for materials on the Interlibrary Loan request form. All fees must be paid when the item is checked out from Chapin Memorial Library.

May I renew Interlibrary Loan materials?

Lending libraries may or may not allow renewal based on that library's loan policies. If you have an Interlibrary Loan item(s) you wish to renew, please call Chapin Memorial Library to inquire if the material(s) may be renewed.

How Long does Interlibrary Loan take?

Response time for any request will vary, and generally take 1-6 weeks depending on the lending library's procedures and location. Please keep this in mind if you are requesting time sensitive material.

What are the borrower's responsibilities?

The library user is responsible for payment of all Interlibrary Loan searches and materials fees incurred, for the cost of replacing items lost or managed while in their possession, and for returning items on time.