InterLibrary Loan/Document Delivery
What is Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan, or ILL, allows you to obtain items not owned by Criss Library, including books, articles, and microfilm. Some materials are more difficult to obtain due to lending restrictions determined by the lending library. Most libraries will not lend entire journal or magazine issues, archival materials, or newspapers in print format. Recently published textbooks and popular fiction are also difficult to obtain.
What is Document Delivery?
The Interlibrary Loan department will scan chapters, journal articles, and other materials owned by the Criss Library and upload them to your ILLiad account. You can then download these materials as PDFs to your computer.
ILL books take on average about 10 days to arrive. Articles usually arrive in less than a week, but typically take two to three days. Turnaround time depends on the material requested. Rare items may take 6-12 weeks to obtain. Most Document Delivery requests will be filled within 1-2 business days.
Books and other physical materials are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Article requests will be delivered to you electronically. Both ILL and Document Delivery articles will remain uploaded to your account for 30 days.
How much does it cost?
We make every effort to obtain ILL materials at no cost, but sometimes other libraies charge for items. You can indicate on the request form how much you are willing to pay for the material. Fees range from $5 to $100, most fall between $20-$35. If the material is only available form a library that charges a fee, we will notify you by email, giving you the opportunity to cancel your request without being charged.
How long can I keep the item(s) I borrow?
Due dates for your material can be found on the paperwork on the front of your book, or by logging into your ILLiad account and clicking "Checked Out Items". Failure to return your Interlibrary Loans will result in the blocking of your ILLiad account, loss of library privileges, overdue charges, and/or replacement costs. Once materials are overdue, a lending library may send us an invoice for replacement at any time.
Can I renew my item(s)?
Loan periods for items can differ widely. To renew an ILL item, log into your account, and click on "Checked Out Items". Click on the transaction number of the item you wish to renew, and click "Renew Request". The new due date you receive is tentative, pending approval of the lending library. Once we hear from the lending library, we will let you know the new due date via email. Overdue items cannot be renewed.
If you have further questions about Interlibrary Loan, please contact the ILL office at (402)554-3209, or firstname.lastname@example.org.