InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

Basic ILL information:

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service we provide to allow our patrons access to materials that we do not have in our collection. If you find a book or journal article that you would like but that we do not have, you can fill out a request form and have the item sent to the T. J. Jones library:

Alternatively, many ILL requrests can be made directly from the library catalog (to find out more about this, visit "Requesting and Interlibrary Loan" on our catalog tutorial guide).

NOTE FOR ARTICLES:  Please check to see if the article you are looking for is available in full text in one of our databases before submitting your request.  Requests for articles we have in full text will not be filled.

Things to be aware of when using ILL:

  • Most materials are available through ILL free of charge, however, some libraries may charge a borrowing fee for certain rare items. The T.J. Jones Library will not order any materials requiring a fee unless you, the requestor, give us permission to do so (the fee would then be your responsibility to pay).
  • There is a $0.50 per day item overdue fee.
  • Requests can take between 1 day and 3 weeks to fill, so please plan in advance to give yourself enough time. The average time it takes to receive an item after your request has been submitted is about 1 week.
  • If you are unable to pick up your own material(s) due to illness or other extenuating circumstances you may send someone to pick up your item(s) for you. However, you must first contact the ILL Specialist if this is the case. You can reach the ILL Specialist at ext. 4156. If you fail to notify of another person picking up the ILL, the material will not be released to anyone but you.
  • When you receive your item, do not remove any papers attached to or in the book.
  • Dissertations should be ordered as a book, including the title, author, and publishing information of the Dissertation. (Dissertations Abstract International DAI is NOT the actual dissertation. Please do not include the information from DAI on the Book Request Form.)

Helpful tips:

  • Fill out the requests as completely as possible. The more information our ILL staff have, the quicker they will be able to process your request.
  • ISBN and/or ISSN numbers are helpful in finding the book or article you want, and providing them on your search form will help the ILL specialist locate your item faster. (ISBN numbers are used for books, and ISSN numbers are used for magazines/periodicals. These numbers can be found in a detailed bibliographic record such as one returned by an EBSCO or library catalog search, or through an online vendor such as Amazon).
  • In order to avoid waiting unnecessarily, please be sure that the T. J. Jones Library does not own the item for which you are searching before submitting an ILL request. If you are not sure if we have the item you are looking for, don't hesitate to ask a librarian for help!