Interlibrary Loan FAQs

Interlibrary Loan FAQs


What is Interlibrary Loan

ILL users may request materials not owned by the Library via the Interlibrary Loan Account. Interlibrary Loan requests are processed by library staff. Requests are sent to lending institutions that participate in interlibrary loan services.

Before submitting an ILL request, search for the full-text in the library databases.


Interlibrary Loan services are free of charge.


Who may use Interlibrary Loan


When will my requested item arrive

This depends.

The best thing to do is to plan ahead by requesting materials far enough in advance of the assignment's due date.

If you are requesting an article or book chapter: a wait of 1-5 business days; however, it might be 2 weeks, depending how quickly the lending institution is able to complete the request.

If you are interested in print books search in libraries near your zip code at Worldcat.org.

Items not available through ILL

Required and supplemental course readings, such as course textbooks and journal articles are not available for Interlibrary Loan. Copyright law prohibits compromising potential profits of the owner's work.

Print books, print conference proceedings, and print dissertations/theses are not available due to time constraints and replacement costs.

The Library will not request through Interlibrary Loan articles whose journals are available in full-text through Library subscriptions. Current issues are posted to databases by the publisher as soon as they become available.

Most libraries will not loan:

The 1976 Copyright Law imposes annual limits on periodical photocopy requests. If you need more than one article from one journal title issue, you may need to visit area libraries and obtain your own materials. Alternatively, you may need to order articles via document delivery services. For more information about copyright limits and Interlibrary Loan please view our Library FAQs entry at https://ncu.libanswers.com/faq/168369.

Lending libraries determine circulation and usage of their materials. Limitations such as “No Renewal” must be honored.

Requests for material in excess of limits or for other than official business will not be provided.


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