The University covers the cost of providing this service which fulfills research needs. The costs include fees sometimes charged by lending libraries, the Tipasa electronic ILL system, shipping of materials between libraries, staff expenses, shipping supplies, etc
Physical pieces such as books, DVDs/VHS, music CDs and audio books. Most journal articles are delivered in electronic format.
There are no guarantees about the item being available for you to use. Do NOT rely on interlibrary loan to provide materials which are required for courses.
Articles usually take a few days but may be delivered electronically within a few hours if the Library has access to the specific article. Physical items, which need to be shipped can take a week or longer.
Electronically delivered articles can be downloaded and saved for future use. Loan periods for books, DVDs, and other physical items are usually 4 weeks.
When you receive an e-mail that your item is almost due, you will need to log into your ILL account. Click on 'Checked Out Items'. Click on the transaction number of the item you wish to renew. There is a Renew button at the top of the page. Click on 'Renew' and your request will be sent for renewal. It is up to the lending library to approve your request.
At this time libraries are unable to share e-books through interlibrary loan. If there is a specific chapter of the book that you would like, libraries can fill this type of request.