Minitex serves as an intermediary between lenders and
borrowers whenever an item loaned through Minitex is lost
or damaged. Still, you might wonder, "Why do I have to send
the check or replacement copy for a lost item to Minitex, and
not directly to lender?" The answer is that during any Minitex
interlibrary loan transaction, the item appears in our records
twice, once as a lender and once as a borrower. We need to
update both of the requests on our end, to make sure the lost
payment transaction is properly recorded and cleared from
- Minitex does not own any materials, so the bills you receive are
always coming from the lending library.
- In some cases, a library has to wait for a
monthly or quarterly county meeting before a check can be
approved for payment.
- Whenever an item is lost or damaged through interlibrary
loan, the borrower is always responsible for the replacement
costs. Keeping that in mind, make sure that a lender accepts
alternate forms of reimbursement, before you, as the borrower,
begin the process.
- You can send your invoice or bill via
- Some libraries accept replacement copies
(If your libary would like to use this option, you must make sure that the edition you purchase is
acceptable to the lender) for a lost item. In most cases there is still a processing fee.
- If a replacement copy is acceptable and able to be
located, Minitex staff is willing to help. We can
purchase the replacement copy on your behalf and
deduct the expense from your OCLC account. (Or, we
can also accept credit card payment.)
- Some lending libraries are now accepting credit card
payments for lost books.
- If the borrowing and lending libraries both have
an OCLC account and it is agreeable to both parties,
Minitex can deduct the cost of replacement from the
borrowers OCLC account and transfer that amount to
the lenders OCLC account.
- For assistance with lost items, contact Agnes Lee.
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