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Borrowing: Library Doesn't Have It?

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Before requesting an ILL, check for local resources first.



Any borrowed materials should be used ethically. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

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.

The institution reserves the right to refuse to accept an interlibrary loan/copying request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of Copyright Law.

About Interlibrary Loan

Booth Library's Interlibrary Loan service (a.k.a. ILL) is available to the D&E community. If there is something you need for your research that the library does not have, you may make an Interlibrary Loan request.  Library personnel will find a library that has the item you need and it will be borrowed for a short period of time, for you to use.

How much does the service cost?

The Booth Library has a list of libraries that it works with so that, whenever possible, there is no cost for the service. However sometimes there are shipping or photocopy costs. If there is a cost, it will be discussed with you before the order is placed.

How long does it take to receive a requested item?

It can take as long as two (2) weeks, during a busy time in the semester or if it is shipped from a long distance. (e.g. if the book you requested is coming from Oregon!)

Research Tip! It will take time for your request to be shipped in. Make sure you budget time to review the material and include it in your project.

If you are not affiliated with D&E, contact your public library and ask about their interlibrary loan service.