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Interlibrary Loan: Things To Know In Advance

This guide will show you how to borrow books and articles from other libraries.

Your Responsibility As A Borrower

  1. If a book is lost or damaged, all patrons must pay for these items as well as all fines and fees set by the lending library.  This includes members of the faculty.  Patrons are welcome to refer to the written Mabee-Simpson Library interlibrary loan policy upon request.
  2. Pick up your materials and bring them back by the due date or contact the office and arrange for a renewal.
  3. Pay your pick-up fee of .50 per book.  Articles are free.  



Most of the costs incurred through postage, insurance, and OCLC charges are paid by the library as a service to the Lyon College community.  Students and Friends of the Library  only pay .50 per book and articles are free.  

How Long Does It TakeTo Borrow and How Long Can I Keep It?

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The length of time to get your materials depends on the location of the lending library and the method of delivery.  Times vary from 10 to 14 days.  Check with the librarian if you feel your requests aren't coming quickly enough.

Incomplete information takes longer because staff has to contact you and find out the rest of the information before they’ll order it.

The interlibrary loan department will contact you when items are ready to be picked up.  Please return ILL books by the designated due date to the library front desk.  You can request one renewal by emailing

 Most lending periods are one month.  The lending library determines the loan period for books and media, along with any restriction on the use of materials. Due dates are posted on each borrowed item.  Request a renewal by contacting

Abuse of interlibrary loan policies (i.e. repeated late return, or failure to retrieve requested items) may result in the blocking of your interlibrary loan use.

Things You Probably Can't Borrow

If we can’t get any of the below, we’ll contact you.  Sometimes libraries let these out, but most of the time, they don’t.

  • Dissertations
  • Rare, hard-to-pack or fragile materials (including DVDs, videos, microfilms, CDs, and cassettes)
  • Reference books, curriculum materials, and textbooks
  • Entire issues or volumes of periodicals (photocopies of specific articles may be requested)
  • Materials in high demand at the lending library, such as new or recently published books
  • Self-published materials

Policies and Hours for Summer of 2020

*Like all classroom and education buildings on campus, the library is locked and can only be entered with permissions.  

However, staff is at the library from Monday thru Friday, 8 to 5. 

Closed Weekends.

Closed May 16 to 25, 2020

*Visitors are NOT ALLOWED in the library.  

*Lyon College students must be on Dean Mulick's list of permitted students for entry. 

*Contact Dean Mulick for permission to enter the library and he will then inform the appropriate offices and personnel of your approval to be on-campus. This notification is required for students who are regularly coming to campus to use buildings like the library.

*Call 870-307-7205 for assistance or visit our website at: for more information.

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Batesville, AR  72501

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Updated 05-04-20

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When off-campus, Lyon College faculty, staff, and students please use your Lyon user ID of: and your password to login.  You no longer have to use RDS to log in.  Find your browser, your web page, your database, search the database, and when the authentication screen pops up, use your student ID and password.  You only have to do this once a session.

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