Interlibrary Loan FAQ
What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
ILL is the sharing of materials (books,articles, etc.) between libraries.
Who can use SVC ILL?
Enrolled students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
What can I get through ILL?
Journal articles, books, government documents, etc. Some items (like DVDs or brand-new books) may or may not be available, depending on the owning library's policies. ILL can NOT provide course textbooks, or items to be placed on Reserve for faculty.
How do I request articles?
There are a number of methods:
Is there a charge?
How many items can I request?
There is no limit.
How long does it take?
Most electronic items arrive in 2-3 days, but generally it takes between 7-10 days for physical Interlibrary Loan items to arrive, so please plan accordingly.
How will I know my loan is ready?
You will receive an automated notice via SVC email that your item(s) has arrived.
Where do I pick it up?
Electronic items are sent directly to your SVC email account. Other items will be held for you at the library front desk.
How long can I keep an ILL?
What if I need it longer?
Most libraries allow one renewal. Let a librarian know ahead of time that you want an item renewed. If an item cannot be renewed we expect you to return it on time, and we will try to borrow it again from another library. If you keep items past the due date, you jeopardize our good-standing relationships with other libraries.
What are the limitations to ILL service?
In some cases, if an item is deemed useful to SVC at large, we may purchase it rather than request it through ILL.
Are there alternatives to ILL?
Yes. If you prefer not to use ILL, contact a librarian to discuss your research needs. We may be able to locate similar materials which are available through the SVC library or on the Internet.
SVC library charges $1/day per book for overdue ILL books. If you keep items past the due date, you jeopardize our good-standing relationships with other libraries.
Lost ILL Books/Media
You are responsible for all items you borrow. If an item is lost or not returned, replacement fees are determined by the lending library. If you lose or damage and item, let us know as soon as possible.