Cost-sharing policy for research assistance and document delivery

Research Assistance and Document Delivery Cost-Sharing -- Why?
Copyright Notice

Research Assistance Cost-Sharing
Free and Fee-Based
Payment Methods

Document Delivery Cost-Sharing
Standard Fees
Rush Delivery and Special Service (Microform, Westlaw)
In-house Photocopying Charges
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Charges
Book and Disk Orders - Shipping and Handling Charges
Payment Methods

Research Assistance and Document Delivery Cost-Sharing -- Why?

The National Indian Law Library (NILL) is an non-profit library serving the Indian law information needs of the public and the Native American Rights Fund. Established as a special project of NARF, NILL is supported by individual contributions and grants. Although the library is a public library, it is not funded through tax revenues. The annual budget is approximately $200,000 which translates into an operating cost of about $90.00 for each hour the library is open. Two full-time library staff currently handle close to 140 in-house, phone or e-mail research requests per month from the public. In order to deal with limited funding, increasing demands on library staff time and the library's efforts to continue to provide quality information services, NILL has devoted more resources towards developing "self-help" resources on its web site and has instituted a cost-sharing policy which limits the amount of unreimbursed time it can spend on each request.

Research Assistance Cost-Sharing

Free and Fee-Based:

  • NILL provides up to 15 minutes of free research assistance to individuals per week at no charge.
  • Additional research assistance can be requested at the rate of $15 for each additional 15 minutes.
  • Exceptions - NILL provides up to 30 minutes of free research assistance to librarians, NARF alumni and partners, and Indian law support centers.
  • No research fees are charged to retrieve and deliver documents from the library collection. Document delivery charges do apply. See below.

Payment Methods:

  • Payments: Can be made using check, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

Document Delivery Cost-Sharing

In general, delivery of customized lists of resources are provided without a document delivery charge but may be subject to a research fee as per above.

Standard Fees:

  • Up to 30 pages delivered via first class mail - $9.00 per document
  • 31 - 50 pages delivered via first class mail - $12.00 per document
  • More than 50 pages delivered via first class mail - $0.20 per page

Rush Delivery and Special Services:

FedEx delivery -- not billed to your FedEx account: standard fees + $5.00 surcharge + actual FedEx charges
FedEx delivery -- billed to your FedEx account: standard fees + $5.00 surcharge
Fax delivery: standard fees + $5.00 per 30 page increment.
E-mail delivery (PDF format) -- If item needs to be photocopied before it can be scanned (such as when dealing with books): standard fees + $5.00 per PDF document
E-mail delivery (PDF format) -- If item doesn't need to be photocopied first: $.20 per page + $5.00 per PDF document
Retrieval of document from another local library (i.e. Univ. of Colo., Boulder Public Library): standard fees + $7.00
Microform $.25 per page + $5.00 per document
Documents delivered from Westlaw, a legal database at cost $12.00 per document (delivered by E-mail, fax or first class mail).

In-house Photocopying Charges:

  • Make your own copies on our photocopy machine or print to our printer - $0.10/page. (first 5 pages are free)
  • We make copies for you to pick up - $0.20/page. (first 5 pages are free)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Charges:

What is ILL? Interlibrary loan is a service that most libraries provide to their patrons. This service enables a patron to receive library materials from another library when his/her library does not have the material. Usually reciprocal arrangements have been made between libraries in an area to loan materials to each other. This allows libraries to provide access to resources that they might otherwise be unable to afford. Most libraries will not charge the patron a fee to access materials through interlibrary loan but some do. Usually materials can be retrieved from another library in 5-14 days.

How can materials be requested from NILL? Some items from our collection can be loaned. We do not loan directly to individuals but can often provide materials to individuals via their local library and ILL. Ask your local public, academic or corporate librarian about obtaining material from us through ILL. We waive ILL charges to libraries that provide ILL to us without charge.

Charges for copies provided through ILL are the same as "document delivery" above. ILL fees for books are $18.00 per book. Also, the borrowing library is responsible for paying the cost of mailing the item back to the library. Items generally are loaned for a period of 21 days for borrowers in Colorado and 28 days for borrowers in other states.

Book and Disk Orders - Shipping and Handling Charges:

Books and disks are listed at http://www.narf.org/pubs/index.html

$0.00 - $21.50 = $3.50
$21.51 - $50.00 = $7.00
$50.01 - $75.00 = $9.00
$75.01 - $100.00 = $13.00
$100.01 - above = $15.00

International Shipping & Handling Charges: First book - $7.00, each additional book - $5.00 (pre-payment should be made with International money order or with Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.)

Payment Methods:

  • Payments: Can be made using check, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

Disclaimer: While the National Indian Law Library makes every attempt to insure the accuracy of information it provides, the library has no control over the quality of the information retrieved from various print and online sources used. The Native American Rights Fund/National Indian Law Library make no warranties or representations regarding the accuracy or completeness of information provided and NARF/NILL disclaims any liability for damages connected with its use. In addition, the law is complex and ever changing and we do not have the time and resources to locate all pertinent information. The sources that we have suggested appear to address your question, however, there may be other pertinent law and interpretations. By providing of this information we do not intend to provide legal advice and the material should not be relied upon as such. You may wish to seek the advice of an attorney.

Copyright Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified by law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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