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Library Information for Remote Study

Currently-affiliated students, faculty, and staff, use this login to access your ILLiad account, where you can submit requests for articles or books, view requests, and download articles.

**COVID 19 Update: Students and Faculty, please submit anything you need (book, chapter, article) via ILLiad--whether it's owned at Bloomsburg University or elsewhere.  We will do our best to get you what you need.

Interlibrary Loan

Contact: Andrea Schwartz , ILL Office (AL Room 126), 570-389-4218

**COVID 19 Update: Students and Faculty, please submit anything you need (book, chapter, article) via ILLiad--whether it's owned at Bloomsburg University or elsewhere.  We will do our best to get you what you need.

  • What is Interlibrary Loan?
  • Books and journal articles not included in Andruss Library’s collections may be requested via a service called “Interlibrary Loan” or “ILL.”  Through cooperative agreements with other libraries, resources across the nation are available to eligible Bloomsburg University users.

Interlibrary Loan may NOT be used to avoid purchase of required course materials. Students are expected to buy required textbooks.

Faculty should consult with the Acquisitions Librarian regarding possible purchase of books, videos, or DVDs to be placed on reserve as well as visual materials that will be used repeatedly in their classrooms. Interlibrary Loan and E-ZBorrow materials may NOT be placed on Reserve. Because copyright law restricts the number of articles that may be ordered without paying (sometimes significant) royalties, faculty members should check library resources before making assignments using recent periodicals.

  • Who may use Interlibrary Loan?

At Andruss Library, ILL is available to faculty, staff, and students when materials they need are not in our collection or available through our many online resources. Faculty and Staff with Emeritus status are also eligible. Please, ALWAYS check BU Books (online catalog) for books or our Publication Finder for periodicals before ordering through ILL to make sure we do not own what you need. You may consult with a Reference Librarian if you are unsure how to do this or encounter any difficulty.

  • Is there a charge for Interlibrary Loan?

Most of the time, we are able to obtain materials at no cost. If you are willing to pay for an item, please note the amount in the “notes” field of your ILLiad request for the item.

Please note: due to copyright guidelines and the cost of copyright royalties, we cannot obtain duplicate articles for users during a calendar year. Please be sure to SAVE or PRINT your articles for future reference.

  • How long does Interlibrary Loan take?

Many articles will arrive within 24-48 hours. Loans of books and microfilm are often available within one week.  However, more difficult items could take as long as two to four weeks, so please plan ahead. The time it takes depends on how many libraries we have to try before we are successful and what method of delivery the lending library uses.

Certain items, such as rare books, very new books, audio-visual material, and theses can be difficult to obtain through Interlibrary Loan. You will be notified if we are unsuccessful in filling your request.

  • How do I get my Interlibrary Loan materials?

You will be notified by email when your requested material has arrived. Articles are posted to your ILLiad account as a PDF. You will receive a notification email with retrieval instructions.

  • Can I renew Interlibrary Loan materials?

Yes, renewals on Interlibrary Loan material may be requested prior to the due date. ILL materials are only eligible for one renewal.Some materials are marked as 'no renewal' when you receive them. These may not be renewed.

Renewals are made at the discretion of the lending library. If your renewal request is denied, the material must be returned to the Andruss Library on or before its original due date.

To request a renewal, log in to ILLiad and click on 'View-->Received Materials'. Click on the transaction number of the item you'd like to renew and then click on 'Renew Request' in the upper left. ILLiad will issue a default renewal date until we hear back from the lending library. You will be notified by email with the approved renewal date OR if the renewal is denied.

  • Who do I contact if I have problems with or questions about Interlibrary Loan services?

Please call the Interlibrary Loan office at (570) 389-4218 or send an e-mail to ill@bloomu.edu

Document Delivery Services

Contact: Andrea Schwartz, ILL Coordinator, 570-389-4218

**COVID 19 Update: Students and Faculty, please submit anything you need (book, chapter, article) via ILLiad--whether it's owned at Bloomsburg University or elsewhere.  We will do our best to get you what you need.

 

  • What is Document Delivery? How is it different from Interlibrary Loan?

Document Delivery supplies users with copies of articles and book chapters from materials Andruss Library owns in print  or microform.

Document Delivery is for items owned locally; Interlibrary Loan is for items we must borrow from other libraries.  However, please use our ILLiad system for BOTH types of requests.  Library staff members will determine the best way to fill your request.

  • How do I request an article through Document Delivery?

Complete an online request form from within your ILLiad account. Click here to login.

  • Who may use Document Delivery?

Document Delivery services are available to all current students, faculty, and staff.  Faculty and Staff with emeritus status are also eligible.

  • Is there a charge for Document Delivery?

No.

  • How soon will I get my article?

Document Delivery request are processed on a first-come, first-served basis as staff time permits.  We will endeavor to get your article to you within 2 working days, but our average turnaround time is about 18 hours. 

Excessive requests (more than 5 per day) from a user may be set aside to process requests from other users.  We will return to your requests as time permits.

  • How do I retrieve my articles?

You will be notified by email when your requested material has been scanned. Retrieval instructions are included in this notification.

Articles are posted to your ILLiad account as a PDF and are available for 60 days. Please retrieve them promptly.

  • How many requests may I submit?

We ask that you limit your Document Delivery requests to no more than 5 per day.  Requests over that threshold may be set aside to process request for other uses.  We will return to your requests as time permits.

  • Why was my request canceled?

Due to technological and copyright considerations, we will only scan articles less than 40 pages.  Requests for more than one chapter from a book or multiple articles from a single journal issues will not be honored.

If your citation is incomplete or if we are unable to locate an article based on your citation, we will cancel the request. Please verify your citation and contact us with further information.

Sometimes Document Delivery is not possible because of the condition of the item.  In these cases, we will ask that you come into the library to view the item.

  • Who do I contact if I have a problem with or questions about Document Delivery?

Please call the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery office at 570-389-4218 [Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.] or 570-389-5166 [Sun.-Thurs., after 4 p.m.] or send an email to docdel@bloomu.edu.

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