Resource Sharing (TRAILS): Students, staff or community users who need physical copies of books or media that are not available at the FVCC Library may request these items through our partnership with 16 other Montana Academic Libraries (TRAILS.) Patrons may request that these items be borrowed and shipped to FVCC for pickup.  These items may be found via the library’s online website (Primo) and can be ordered through the patron’s library account online. Library staff are available to help locate and order these items in person or by email as well. The loan period is at the discretion of the partner library, but may be anywhere from 4-10 weeks.

Interlibrary Loan (Worldshare):  Occasionally, students, staff or community users need books or articles that are not available in the library or through TRAILS. Library staff can assist in ordering these materials from other libraries in person, by phone or via email. Interlibrary loan takes an average of 3 days for articles and 10 days for books, although some hard-to-find items may take longer.  Library patrons are responsible for any fees associated with late, damaged, or lost materials. These fees are set by the lending library and vary. Patrons are notified by phone or email when items arrive.

For Resource Sharing, log into your account online and request the item through your library account. For Interlibrary Loan, please fill out the form below. We will respond to your request within 24 hours, M-F.

What is an Interlibrary Loan? (ILL)
Interlibrary Loan is the borrowing and lending of books and other materials between libraries, in response to requests by library patrons.

When is an Interlibrary Loan used?
ILLs are used when all of the following conditions apply:

  • When the library does not own a requested book or does not subscribe to a requested magazine or journal, and there is no acceptable substitute.
  • When a request does not conflict with U.S. copyright laws.

How long does an Interlibrary Loan take?
It depends on the lending library. Books take an average of twelve days. Photocopies of articles range from one day to two weeks; articles are normally e-mailed, or, they are mailed to the library.

What is the cost?
The library absorbs the expense of the ILL, unless the lending library charges – then we ask the patron to pay the charges. Before requesting, the ILL staff will check with the patron before requesting the item. Daily fines are $1.00 each day overdue. If the ILL item is lost or destroyed, the patron will be responsible for the replacement cost, plus any processing fees.

How long may I keep the Interlibrary Loan?
Books: the lending library sets the loan period – normally three weeks. Most lending libraries will allow one renewal.
Articles: these are usually photocopies and are yours to keep.

Is there a limit on the number of Interlibrary Loan requests?
Yes. The limit is five unfilled loan requests at any one time.

How do I initiate an Interlibrary Loan request?
Please fill out the reverse side of this form and give it to the Circulation/ILL Librarian. The Librarian will check your request and approve it, if it meets the criteria listed above.

How will I know when the material is available?
We will notify you by phone, email, or text.

Note: Interlibrary Loans are not transferable from one person to another.

Please pick up and return your Interlibrary Loan materials in a timely manner. Due to the expense of Interlibrary Loan
and because it is a courtesy extended from one library to another, patrons who fail to pick up their materials, or are
tardy in returning them, may be denied future service.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United Sates Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy of other reproduction. One of these specified condition is that the photocopy of reproduction is not to “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research”. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.