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For over twenty years the Alliance has maintained a growing and successful consortial borrowing system called Summit. Summit allows students, faculty, and staff to easily search and request library materials owned by member libraries. Every member library agrees to follow the same procedures and policies to achieve efficiency and predictability.

The Service is advised by the Discovery and Delivery Team.

Who's covered :
Currently enrolled students; currently employed or retired faculty and staff, a limited number of special patrons.

What's covered:
Generally circulating materials.

Borrowing limit :
Maximum number of Alliance items that an individual patron can have out on loan is 200.

Loan period:
Generally circulating materials: 6 weeks. Other materials may be circulated for 6 weeks, or for 6 days. No renewals.

Returning materials/ Green Flags:
Summit Materials may be returned to any Alliance member library. If a patron returns an items to an Alliance library that is not the lender or the borrower please insert a green flag in the item and send it to the owning library. The green flag will signal staff at the owning library that that item will need special processing e.g. backdating. Print this document on lime green paper in order for it to be the Green Flag.

Recall:
No direct recall for individual patrons; staff may recall when necessary.

Competing needs:
Item may be checked out to patron at owning site (“item in hand”) even if a Summit Borrowing request has been received.

Lending Fees :
Alliance members do not charge each other for Summit borrowing or ILL returnables.

Fines and Fees overdue lost irreparably damaged:
Fines and other charges are billed and kept by patron’s library. Owning site may bill patron’s institution for replacement fee to cover lost and irreparably damaged material. Patron library may waive patron fines or fees but is obligated to reimburse owning site for lost and irreparably damaged material.Overdue: Members will use the local fine policy for Summit . Replacement: $75 plus $15 service charge.

Loan Sequence :
Summit borrowing is preferred before an item is handled through ILL.

Course Reserves:
Books and other original source material may not be requested for course reserves by another library.

Visiting Patron:
Students, faculty, and staff who are currently enrolled or employed at Alliance institutions may have borrowing privileges when they visit other Alliance libraries. This "Visiting Patron" service includes borrowing materials from generally circulating collections and making Summit requests. You may not request materials through Interlibrary Loan.

Return it Clean:
Remove all materials that may be left in the item before returning it to the Owning site, including paging slip.

Who's covered :
Currently enrolled students; currently employed faculty and staff; others at library discretion – to be provided by patron’s home library

What's covered:
Generally circulating monographs; plus other materials at library discretion

Borrowing limit :
According to library policy

Loan period:
According to library policy

Returning materials:
Library materials may be returned to any Alliance member library.

Recall:
According to library policy

Competing needs:
According to library policy

Lending Fees :
Alliance members may have varying policies of charges for non-returnables.

Fines and Fees overdue lost irreparably damaged:
Lending library may bill patrons directly for overdue fines or other charges accrued, or bill the home library.