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Interlibrary Loan: FAQ/ Policies


Who may make an ILL request?

Anyone with an active SHU account can request items through ILL.

What materials may be requested?

Any materials may be requested though ILL with the exception of the following:

  • Non-circulating materials
  • eBooks (we can try to get a print copy of the book if possible)
  • Dissertations and theses for purchase

Processing time for ILL requests

ILL requests can take up to three business days to process and physical materials requested may take up to two weeks or more to be available. Requests are not processed on the weekends and holidays.

ILL Contact

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am- 4:30 pm



Loan Periods, Renewals, Returns, Fines and Copyright

Loan periods are determined by the lending library but generally are 4-5 weeks.  Exact due dates are always included on the identification slips wrapped around the books.  Our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff does not set nor can they change lending conditions.  Patrons are expected to keep track of the due dates and return materials on time.  Please note that the lending library can recall a loan at any time.  This means a patron at the lending library needs the item and it must be returned as soon as possible.  If the borrower disregards the due dates, their ILL account will be blocked and fines will be charged.  Student fines are reported to the Bursar.

Most lending libraries will allow one renewal if the loan is not already overdue, however, this is not a guarantee.  Most libraries will also state if no renewals are allowed on the identification slip.  Please contact ILL staff directly to renew any ILL loans.

Return ILL loans to the Circulation desk with all paperwork.

Interlibrary loan is provided free of charge to anyone with an active SHU account (current faculty, staff, and students). Fines or fees will be charged for any materials that are late, lost, or damaged.  Failure to pay the fine or return of loan will result in fees being reported to the Bursar's Office and your ILL account will be blocked.  Fees charged for the replacement of loans are at the discretion of the lending library and vary depending on the cost of the material.

Copyright Restriction:

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 other 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.