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Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL) Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing Policy


Faculty at Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL) member institutions are eligible to receive borrowing privileges at the University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library (phone: 802-656-2023 or email: bhcirc@uvm.edu with questions).


Candidates for reciprocal borrowing privileges must present a valid institutional ID and documentation from their institution attesting to their faculty status at the time of requesting privileges.


Reciprocal borrowing is limited to a maximum of 10 books from the general circulating collections of the University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library. No other materials are covered under this agreement. Participants may also use non-circulating materials (reference, periodicals, microforms, and special collections) in the library as well as other library services, such as reference assistance, photocopy machines, and reference assistance in U.S. Government Documents and Special Collections.


Books from the circulating collection are checked out for four weeks except for those in Popular Reading which may be checked out for two weeks only.


Renewals are allowed if item(s) are not requested by another individual.


If you cannot locate a book on the shelf, check the UVM Library Catalog to see if the book has been checked out to someone else. Although we do not recall books for VCAL faculty borrowers, we will place a hold on an item. You will be notified by email when the requested book has been returned, and it will be held for you at the Circulation Desk for seven days.

If the book is not on the shelf and is not checked out, request that a search be conducted by notifying staff at the Circulation Desk or complete the Book Search Form.


Materials borrowed are subject to recall by the lending institution when requested by a member of that institution's community. The minimum loan period for a recalled item is seven days. However, materials requested for course reserve are subject to immediate recall. If you do not return a recalled item by the date indicated on the recall notice, you will be charged a $15.00 recall overdue fee, and you will lose borrowing privileges until the book is returned to the library.


Overdue notices are sent by email. Library users are subject to charges. A date due slip is placed in the back of each charged book. One overdue notice is sent before a charge notice is generated. Overdue notices are a courtesy. Failure to receive overdue notices does not exempt a user from overdue charges.


If you do not return a book within ten days of the due date, you will incur a charge. An overdue transaction charge of $5.00 is charged for each book overdue. Cost of replacement is $50.00. It is based on average book price statistics and is subject to change. Cost adjustments are made for expensive items or items that may have to be searched for and obtained from the out-of-print book market. The home library of the delinquent borrower shall be ultimately held responsible for the payment of lost item fees.

Borrowing privileges may be revoked after you have been billed for two overdue and/or lost items


The Vermont Department of Libraries supports a very efficient interlibrary loan network to help you locate materials NOT available at UVM. If you need to obtain such materials, contact your own library in order to discuss interlibrary loan services. VCAL borrowing privileges do not include access to UVM's Interlibrary Loan Office.

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538 Main Street · Burlington VT, 05405-0036

ph: 802.656.2023 · fax: 802.656.4038

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