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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan ( ILL ) is used by a library which does not own materials needed by its patrons to get those materials from another library.

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 or videos to be placed on reserve as well as visual materials that will be used repeatedly in their classrooms. 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. Please, ALWAYS check our BU Books & More online catalog or Publication Finder (for periodicals) before ordering through Interlibrary Loan 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. We never order from a source that charges unless the item is not available free and you have indicated a willingness in advance to pay.

How long does Interlibrary Loan take?

Easily obtained materials are usually here within several days. Some articles actually arrive within 24 hours. More difficult items could take as long as two to four weeks. The time it takes depends on how many different libraries we have to try before we are successful and what method of delivery the lending library uses. Because of policies at potential lending libraries, certain materials, such as rare or very new books, may be difficult to obtain. You will be notified if we are unsuccessful in filling your request.

How do I get my Interlibrary Loan items?

You will be notified by email when your requested material has arrived. Articles are forwarded to you electronically or mailed depending on the format in which we receive them. Books may be picked up at the Circulation Desk whenever the library is open.

How do I place an Interlibrary Loan request?

Interlibrary Loans may be ordered through two online systems. For ARTICLES (or other photocopies such as a chapter in a book or topic from an encyclopedia) you MUST choose ILLiad. Books may be ordered through either ILLiad or PALCI/EZBorrow systems; each has advantages and disadvantages.

You must have your Andruss Library ID number to place an Interlibrary Loan request through PALCI/EZBorrow. This number is found in the lower left hand corner of your Bloomsburg University ID card. For ILLiad, you logon using your HuskyID and password.  You will also need to bring your ID card when picking up books.

ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Procedure Use ILLiad to order books, microfilm and articles or any other photocopies.

With ILLiad, you can check the status of your requests online yourself. You can request renewals (when allowed) yourself. Just return to ILLiad as if you were going to place another request. Scroll down to the part of the page that says "Review Requests." Use the buttons there to look at active but not yet filled requests, things currently checked out to you, completed requests and even unfilled requests.

ILLiad has access to many more libraries than PALCI. ILLiad requests are channeled through the ILL Office so they may take longer than PALCI requests.

When placing ILLiad requests, please be very careful to put information into the correct spaces. Fill in as many spaces as possible to speed your request. Incomplete or improperly completed requests will not be processed.

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