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Important Copyright Information


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


What is the cost for using ILL?

The University covers the cost of providing this service which fulfills research needs. The costs include fees sometimes charged by lending libraries, the ILLiad electronic ILL system, shipping of materials between libraries, staff expenses, shipping supplies, etc.

What types of items can I request?

Physical pieces such as books, DVDs/VHS, music CDs and audio books. Most journal articles are delivered in electronic format.

Is it guaranteed that I will receive my request?

There are no guarantees about the item being available for you to use. Do not rely on interlibrary loan to provide materials which are required for courses.

How long does it take?

Articles usually take a few days but are often delivered electronically within a few hours. Physical items, which need to be shipped can take a week or longer.

How long can I have something that I receive?

Electronically delivered articles can be downloaded and saved for future use. Loan periods for books, DVDs, and other physical items are usually 4 weeks.

How do I renew an item?

When you receive an e-mail that your item is almost due, you will need to log into your ILL account. Click on 'Checked Out Items'. Click on the transaction number of the item you wish to renew. There is a Renew button at the top of the page. Click on 'Renew' and your request will be sent for renewal. It is up to the lending library to approve your request.

  • Please note: The system will generate a default new due date. The lending library may deny your renewal request or set a different due date than the system generated default.