Middlebury College Library

Saint Michael's and Middlebury

Philosophy
In order to broaden the immediate availability resources in the academic institutions in this collaborative, the signatories of this agreement are extending borrowing privileges to students, faculty and staff of all their institutions. It is understood that such borrowing is meant to supplement, not substitute for, the library collections of the borrower’s home institution. It is further understood that the home library’s resources should be fully utilized before the other libraries’, including owned collections and reference assistance. Once these conditions are met, however, reciprocal borrowing will be made as simple as possible for all parties.

Who may borrow
All registered students of the signatories’ institutions, and all faculty and staff whether full or part time, are eligible for this borrowing privilege at the other institution’s. Borrowing will not be extended to affiliates of any one of the institutions, whether the affiliation is cooperative or financial, nor to any library’s guest borrowers.

Borrowing Procedures
All borrowers must bring to the lending library a currently validated and bar-coded photo ID from the home institution. This ID must be presented each time that materials are to be borrowed, and may be requested for admittance and other library services as well.

Students (full-time and part-time, undergraduate and graduate) must also bring the requisite permission form from the home library, appropriately signed by a library staff member following a reference interaction to determine the borrowing need. The permission will be for the month’s duration from date of issue. The form will be kept by the lending library. (Some institutions my waive this, at their choice, for some or all of other institutions in the collaborative. Waiver can never be assumed.)

As much as practicable, in setting up its records the lending library will use the borrower’s home ID as a borrower card. (The same ID bar-code number should work in must DRA systems.)

At any one time, a borrower may have a total of five items checked out from the lending library. The lending library will determine borrowing periods and other circulation regulations.

Each library reserves the right to impose restrictions on select materials.

For recalled or overdue materials, the lending library will not send the fist notice directly to the borrower, and any subsequent notice(s) to the home institution for follow-up action.

The borrower’s home institution accepts final responsibility for unreturned/lost materials, at a cost per item to b determined by the lending library.

Interlibrary loan services remain the responsibility of the home library.

This agreement will be reviewed annually by the library directors.