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Visiting Patron Procedure
The Visiting Patron function enables libraries to establish convenient and secure reciprocal walk-in borrowing arrangements with other libraries. All that is required is that both the lending library and the patron's library use an Innovative Interfaces online system linked together through the MaineCat.
When an item is checked out in Visiting Patron mode the MaineCat central system authenticates the patron with his or her home institution. If there are blocks on borrowing privileges or if for any other reason the patron is not eligible to borrow off-site, the Visiting Patron function will immediately communicate that to circulation desk staff at the lending institution and the loan will be blocked.
Use of the Visiting Patron function is encouraged but is optional. Participation in MaineCat does not necessitate use of the Visiting Patron option.
The borrower's home library is ultimately responsible for return of materials and payment of replacement costs, should that be necessary.
It follows that use of the Visiting Patron function requires a mutual decision between the lending library and the patron's library. Both must agree before patrons of a given library are allowed to borrow from another library. Maine State Library staff must be notified of all such agreements in order to configure systems to support them.
I. Verify eligibility based on the patron's borrower's card, or other acceptable identification. It is up to lending library staff to know the institutions to which Visiting Patron privileges are extended and deny loans to individuals from institutions with which reciprocal arrangements have not been made.
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