Interlibrary Loan

The purpose of Interlibrary Loan is to obtain materials that are not owned by the Jackson State Library and that can be obtained from other libraries. The service is offered to faculty, students and staff of Jackson State.

To reciprocate, the JSCC Library also lends materials to other libraries.

To request materials or more information regarding Jackson State's Interlibrary Loan policy, please contact Scott Cohen



JSCC students, faculty (full and adjunct), and staff are eligible for interlibrary loan service. In addition, alumni of JSCC (persons who have graduated from the college) are also eligible.


Requests will be made for books, photocopies of periodical articles and dissertations. No requests will be made for audio-visual materials, computer software, or manuscripts.

The JSCC Library will fulfill no more than five requests per week per person.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form  (Off-campus students only)

Off-campus patrons  (JSCC students taking classes at the 3 centers and at other sites in West Tennessee) should submit their requests on a JSCC Library interlibrary loan form: Books Interlibrary Loan Form, Periodicals Interlibrary Loan Form. The patron should fill out the form as completely as possible, listing all the appropriate bibliographic data about the materials requested.

Patrons may request that photocopies be mailed to them. However, patrons must come by the library to pick up book requests unless they take all their classes off-campus or they are faculty or staff working at off-campus locations.

Local Libraries

If an item has been identified as available at a local Jackson library, then the patron will be encouraged to get the material at the local library, rather than use Interlibrary Loan.

Notifying the Patron

Interlibrary loan staff will notify patrons when their materials arrive. Material will be kept for two weeks at the front desk of the library after the first notification.


The JSCC Library will not charge library patrons for interlibrary loans unless the lending library levies a charge for the items. In that case, the patron is responsible for paying for the materials.

The patron must sign the Interlibrary Loan Request form and indicate how much he/she would be willing to pay if there is a charge. The patron will be notified if the charge exceeds that cost, and the patron can decide whether the transaction should still proceed.

Use of OCLC

OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) will be used for interlibrary loans whenever possible. If the item is at a library which is not affiliated with OCLC, then an ALA form will be used.


If there is a need for a patron to renew materials, the Interlibrary Loan staff will attempt to make one renewal. The patron should request a renewal at least one week before the original due date.

Fax Policy for Borrowing

The JSCC Library will request a fax copy of an article when the patron indicates that he/she needs the material urgently.

Materials Lost or Damaged

It is the responsibility of the patron to pay for any charges that the lending library may impose if an item is lost, damaged, or late.



The JSCC Library will give first priority to requests from Tennessee libraries . Requests from libraries in other states will be honored if the Interlibrary Loan department is not too busy to fulfill the requests.

Restrictions on Lending

The JSCC Library reserves the right to not lend books which have a current year copyright date. Periodicals, reference books, books in the Health Sciences collection, audio-visual materials, reserve materials and CDs  will not be loaned to other libraries.

Books that are constantly used by patrons at the JSCC Library may also not be sent.

Fax Policy for Lending

The JSCC Library will send fax copies upon request to libraries in Tennessee. No more than 10 pages will be sent by fax to each library per day.  

Faxes will not be done for out-of-state libraries.

Scanned Copies

The JSCC Library will make every effort to scan articles and send the documents by email to the borrowing library.


The JSCC Library will not levy any charges for interlibrary loan except for requests from foreign countries. Libraries in foreign countries will have to arrange for payment through the JSCC Business Office before materials are sent.

If materials are damaged or not returned, the JSCC Library will assess a charge for the item as follows:

  1. cost to replace item, plus
  2. ten dollar processing fee