Interlibrary Loan Guidelines and Forms

Interlibrary loan is a service offered by the Don C. Locke Library to current A-B Tech students, faculty, and staff members with library records in good standing. This service allows a patron from the library to request books and articles unavailable at Don C. Locke Library from another library. Textbooks and media are not available via interlibrary loan. The maximum number of interlibrary loan items a patron can have checked out at any one time is three.

To make a request: Complete the appropriate interlibrary loan form located at the end of this page. If the online form is unavailable due to technical difficulties, a hard copy is available from the Circulation Desk. If you have not received a response from the library within 48 hours of your Interlibrary Loan request, please contact Sue Donato at (828) 398-7572, or by email at or Peggy Higgins at (828) 398-7302 or by email at

Please state if you prefer to be contacted by phone or by e-mail and fill out the form completely.

There is no charge for an interlibrary loan. However, a lending library may charge a fee for articles so make sure you state the maximum cost you are willing to pay. You will be contacted prior to confirming a request where the lending library charges a fee.

This library will generally process requests within three business days. However, the response from the lending libraries may take from two to three weeks.


Notice: Copyright Restrictions

The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of the copyrighted material(s). Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "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 for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Due dates: When the interlibrary loan item arrives, you will be contacted by the preferred method indicated on your form. The lending library decides the due date of the item and we ask that you respect this in order for us to continue our borrowing privileges. The item's renewal request should be made before the due date. Renewals may be done in person, by telephone at (828) 398-7572, or by email at The lending library decides whether to renew an item.

Overdue fines: There will be a $2.00 per day fine for each overdue interlibrary loan item. If an item is lost, the patron is responsible for the replacement cost of the book plus a processing fee to be determined by the lending library.

NOTE: If an item is overdue for more than two weeks and there has been no contact between the Interlibrary Loan library assistant and the patron during that time, an invoice for replacement will automatically be requested from the lending library and the patron will be responsible for the replacement cost.


Interlibrary Loan Contact:

Sue Donato, Don C. Locke Library Room 204 (please call first)


Interlibrary Loan Online Forms

You will be asked to confirm that you have read and agree to comply with these guidelines on the Interlibrary Loan form.