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Interlibrary Loan

FAQ

The length of time it takes to fulfill requests varies greatly depending on the library supplying us with the material. The best strategy is to submit requests as early as possible.

Upon notification, materials should be picked up promptly at the Circulation Desk, and books must be returned on or before the due date.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take to get books or articles through ILL?
How can I get the fastest service possible?
What is an ISSN?!
Is there a limit as to the number of articles I can request?
How will I be notified when my book or article arrives?
Do I have to return photocopies or scanned materials I get through ILL?
Can all books be renewed?
How do I renew a book?
Can I borrow textbooks?
Can I loan my ILL book to someone else?
What is the fine for overdue ILL books?
What happens if I deface or lose an ILL book?


How long does it take to get books or articles through ILL?
The Myrin Library has borrowing relationships with many libraries around the country. The length of time that it takes for your requested material to arrive depends on the location of the library that owns it. Sometimes materials arrive in a day or two; sometimes within a week or two. The ILL Dept. does its best to determine a lender who will be fast and reliable.
How can I get the fastest service possible?
Always check the library catalog first to see if we own the journal or book. If the ISSN is available, please provide it on the ILL request form.
What is an ISSN?!
ISSN stands for International Standard Serial Number and has the following format: 1234-5678. This means that there are always four numbers, followed by a dash and four more numbers. Every journal has at least one ISSN. Some journals have both a print ISSN and an electronic ISSN.  You can use either one on your ILL request form.
Is there a limit to the number of articles I can request?
No, but if you are putting in many article requests for an assignment, please prioritize! Try to request the most important articles first to ensure they arrive in time.
How will I be notified when my book or article arrives?
You will be e-mailed or sent a text message when your material arrives. Articles are delivered directly to your ILL account. Any books you request will be available for pickup at the Library Circulation Desk.
Do I have to return photocopied or scanned materials I get through ILL?
No, they are yours to keep. Keep in mind that digital files are available from within your library account for 60 days. If you wish to retain copies, they must be saved to your computer or printed out.
Can all books be renewed?
No, it depends on the policy of the lending library. Some give longer loan periods and then do not give renewals.
How do I renew a book?
E-mail detienne@ursinus.edu with the ILL number found on your book sticker. You will receive an e-mail back either with the new due date or a message of refusal. It is not necessary to bring the book into the library to renew it!
Can I borrow textbooks?
No, this is against our interlibrary loan policies.
Can I loan my ILL book to someone else?
NO, as you are the one who will be held responsible for returning it on time and in good condition.
What is the fine for overdue ILL books?
The fine is $1.00 per day. However, if you have asked for a renewal before the due date you will not have to pay a fine even if the renewal request is refused.
What happens if I deface or lose an ILL book?
A bill will be sent from the lending library, which will include the price of the book, plus a processing fee.