For class showings or use by multiple students:
- Films to be shown in to a class must be purchased by the library ~ they cannot be obtained via ILL or I-Share.
- Send purchase requests to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title and director
- Please send orders at least 2 weeks before you need them.
- If you need a film order super rush - please indicate that in the email to email@example.com
- Send only actual orders to the order email. If you have questions about films, send these to your liaison
- Commercial Rental is sometimes an option, but rentals often cost as much as ½ the purchase price, and so if a title is likely to be used more than once this is not cost effective.
- Interlibrary loan (ILL) is not a suitable method.
- ILL is meant to provide patrons with individual research sources that their own library does not have.
- ILL is not meant to substitute for an institution buying curricular materials and cannot be used to supply resources to a whole class
- Also ILL doesn’t work for many films – most libraries will not lend films, and you can’t schedule an arrival date or loan period
- ILL is not free to Knox, only to you. Borrowing films usually incurs substantial lending fees and postage costs. So, we'd rather spend $25 to own a film than $20 to borrow it.
- If an item is not available for purchase or rental, then ILL can be used as a last resort. However, with ILL you cannot set an arrival date or length of loan, so you must be flexible.
- ILL items cannot be put on reserve
For Individual faculty use for research, preview or course prep
- If the cost of a film is under $40 Library Purchase is still usually the best method. ILL is not free to Knox (just to you) and films usually come with a fee and postage costs.
- If the cost is over $40, then ILL can be used for this type of individual research. Keep in mind though that because many libraries will not lend films via ILL it can be difficult to get films and it can take 2-3 weeks to get a film via ILL