National Transportation Library Interlibrary Loan
Lending Policy

The National Transportation Library accepts interlibrary borrowing requests from other U.S. libraries.

We do NOT loan directly to individuals, this would include transportation professionals in state or local government, universities, and contractors/consultants, etc. Individuals should request materials through their local library. A local library could be a public, academic, corporate, or government agency library.

Request Methods:

OCLC Resource Sharing (OCLC symbol:  TRL), Mail, email, fax, telephone (if followed up with an ALA ILL form).

Materials Available for Loan:

We will lend circulating materials in the library collection.

Materials Not Available for Loan:

Current publications, special collection materials, most reference/legal materials, entire issues or volumes of periodicals, historical materials. The librarian reserves the right to grant or deny any request based on his/her discretion.

Circulation Period: Our loan period is 4 weeks, with the possibility of one 2-week renewal.

Photocopies: We will photocopy journal articles, conference proceeding papers, sections of monographs, book chapters, etc. within copyright guidelines.

Charges: As a federal library, the National Transportation Library does not charge borrowers. However, we reserve the right to deny requests of non-reciprocal libraries and document delivery vendors.

Recalls: Items will be recalled if requested by an USDOT employee.

Shipping Policy: Materials are generally shipped USPS First Class. We will ship Library Rate for books that are unusually large or heavy. Federal Express (FedEx) shipping may be used if requested.

As stated in section 4.9 of the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, "The requesting library is responsible for borrowed material from the time it leaves the supplying library until it has been returned to and received by the supplying library."  Therefore, the borrowing library assumes responsibility for replacement or charges for lost or damaged materials and may wish to insure return.

Last updated 1/10/13