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Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Policies for U.S. Government Documents


Circulation of U.S. Government Documents

  • Most government documents may be checked-out or circulated.
  • Products which require hardware or software not available or not provided by the Library are available for check-out.
  • Non-circulating materials (Library use only):
    -Materials designated as Government Documents Reference
    -Fragile or rare government documents
    -Designated serial or periodical issues
    -Microfiche and other microforms
  • Exceptions to the above may be made at the discretion of the Depository Coordinator/Head of Government Information.

Who May Borrow

  • UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff with current UL Lafayette ID
  • Spouse and children of current UL Lafayette faculty/staff/students with written permission from ID holder
  • Eligible LALINC borrowers
  • Eligible borrowers during intersession
  • UL Lafayette retirees with a Library circulation account in good standing
  • The general public may borrow government documents held by Dupré Library by requesting them through interlibrary loan services of their local public library or other library of affiliation.

Charges for Lost or Damaged Documents

  • Full replacement cost plus the current Dupré Library service charge. Consult with Depository Coordinator/Head of Government Information to determine replacement costs.
  • If replacement cost cannot be determined: Apply service charge only.

Loan Periods, Fines and other Regulations
Refer to the Edith Garland Dupré Library, Circulation Department “Circulation Policy and Regulations”.


Interlibrary Loan for U.S. Government Documents

  • ILL requests are made for items that the Library does not select, for items that have not been received due to shortages, or for damaged or lost items.
  • Initial requests may be sent to the regional libraries, Louisiana Tech and LSU. Generally, requests are made to other depositories or non-depository libraries via OCLC.
  • ILL accounts are available to current UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff; and UL Lafayette retirees with a Library circulation account in good standing
  • The general public may request government documents held by other depository libraries by requesting them through interlibrary loan services of their local public library or other library of affiliation. Our depository will inform government information users of the ILL services available via other libraries.