Answered By: Lee Anne Paris
Last Updated: May 28, 2015     Views: 254

What is interlibrary loan and how does it work?

What is ILL?

Interlibrary Loan is a service provided to current OC students, faculty and staff to obtain materials NOT held in the Beam Library within copyright limitations. Most libraries lend books and provide photocopies of periodical articles. Other materials may be available depending on the policies of individual libraries.

How ILL Works

Interlibrary loan requests can be made in two ways:

  1. by filling out a paper form available at the circulation desk (the completed form should be returned to the circulation desk).
  2. by filling out an online form on the library's Web page (click on the Interlibrary Loan link in the Request It Online category).
  3. by clicking on the ILL button available in many of the research databases.

The time for the entire process varies dramatically but allow at least two weeks for the material to be received. When the material arrives, the borrower will be notified by telephone or email. The material can be picked up at the circulation desk.

Loan Period and Renewal Procedures

The loan period is determined by the lending library. A renewal request must be made four days in advance of the due date and left at the circulation desk so there is time to request a renewal from the lending library. Only five ILL books can be renewed for a student each semester.

Charges for ILL

  • Any charges to the Beam Library will be billed to the borrower. If there is a charge by the lending library, the borrower will be notified beforehand to determine if the fee will be paid or the request should be canceled.
  • $0.50 per day for overdues.
  • $1.00 for every book that is not picked up before its due date.
  • No reorders of a title for a student during the same semester.
  • A borrower is responsible for reimbursing the lending library for material which is lost, stolen or damaged. The charge is designated by the lending library.