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Interlibrary Loan : ILL Policies

Interlibrary Loan Policies

  1. Cost
  2. Delivery Time
  3. Loan Periods
  4. Materials Available
  5. Materials Not Available
  6. Notification
  7. Overdue Fees


  • Interlibrary Loan is free to authorized users
  • ILL makes every attempt to borrow items from libraries that do not charge fees. However, some libraries do charge fees for items. The patron is responsible if any charges are assessed by the lending library. (Please note: We are able to obtain articles from libraries that charge for copies if the patron is willing to pay the fee for the article. This fee typically runs between $9-11, occasionally upwards of $15 or more)
  • ILL items lost or damaged will be charged to the patron

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Delivery Time

  • ILL requests are normally processed the next business day after received in the ILL office
  • Allow at least 1 to 2 weeks for item delivery.
  • Articles typically arrive within a week, but may occasionally take longer.
  • Exact delivery date is determined by the response of the lending library. This cannot be guaranteed, so it is important to request items for research projects well in advance

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Loan Periods

  • Loan periods are determined by the lending library
  • Requests for renewals must be submitted through the ILLiad system
  • Items marked "In Library Use Only" must not leave the building

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Materials Available

  • Available materials are determined by the lending library's policies
  • Books, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, newspapers, journals, magazines, and audio/visual materials may potentially be available
  • Articles will be posted to your ILLiad account in PDF format

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Materials Not Available

The following items are typically not available through ILL:

  • Course Textbooks
  • Course Reserves
  • Fragile items
  • Rare or valuable books or items
  • Reference Materials

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  • Patrons will be notified by email upon receipt of ILL item
  • Documents are typically posted to a patron's ILLiad account or sent via email
  • Patrons will be notified of any requests that cannot be filled or other problems

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Overdue Fees

Please see Moffett Library Fines and Fees

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