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The pamphlet pdfSharing Resources introduces two ways to request materials beyond the Brooks collection: the Catamount Library Consortium and Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  If you have searched the Catamount Network and haven’t found what you need, you can call or visit the Reference Desk or fill out one of these electronic forms to request an ILL:

Please note that we do not reply personally to electronic requests unless we have a question for you, but we do print out your requests and place them in our search file for processing. 

Please review the pdfSharing Resources pamphlet for the full details on Interlibrary Loan service. 

Does it cost money? What about postage?

Basic ILL is a free service; you are not required to pay.  There are, however, two situations where you might agree to pay some money toward an ILL:

  • Voluntary postage donations: Many patrons decide to contribute money for one-way postage.  You may do so when you pick up or return your item(s).  The library welcomes these donations, but they are not required and do not affect your eligibility to request ILLs.
  • Occasional fees for out of state loans that are authorized ahead of time: We are able to fill almost all ILL requests for free; however, a small number of out-of-state libraries charge fees for interlibrary loans.  This is not a postage donation!  It's an actual fee that runs in the $10-$20 range.  Please circle your upper fee limit on the ILL form.  If in doubt, choose $0: that means "sure, request outside the state, but only if it's free."  If you indicate a higher limit and we incur a fee, we will pass along the cost to you when we receive the invoice from the lending library.

So, how should I decide if I should circle $0 or a higher limit?

If you are likely to be able to buy the item for $10-$20, it wouldn't make sense to agree to a fee.  If you can't buy it for that amount, choose your highest comfortable limit, and remember: we always look for free locations first

Is there a limit to number of requests?

Up to five items per week. 

What kinds of items are available through Interlibrary Loan?

Books, articles, DVDs, sound recordings, and microfilm reels of newspapers or other documents.

What kinds of items are NOT available?

  • Most newly published materials (within the last 6 months) are not available on ILL, but you may suggest that we purchase them.  If in doubt or curious about your options, please inquire at the Reference Desk.
  • Downloadable e-books and e-audio are not available on interlibrary loan from other libraries, but you may suggest that we purchase them
  • We will request popular DVDs (the kind available in video stores) from Vermont libraries, but we do not routinely request them from libraries outside the state.
  • Whole issues of periodicals are not available, but we can obtain specific articles for you through ILL.
  • Most reference books (encyclopedias, etc.) are not available.
  • Some specific types of materials are notoriously difficult to obtain on ILL.  These include recent travel guides, Rosetta Stone language programs (but check out our online Mango database!), and self-published materials. 

In general, please inquire at the Reference Desk. We want to help you find what you need. 

Jeanne Walsh, Reference Librarian (802) 254-5290 x109

Jennifer Ansart, Interlibrary Loan Clerk (802) 254-5290 x107