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FAQ for Library Services: Interlibrary Loan

This guide will help students with questions they might have concerning the library and its services

Interlibrary Loan Rules/Procedures

Interlibrary loan is the process by which a library requests materials from, or supplies materials to, another library when the requested materials are not held by the requesting library. The materials are delivered either through the mail or electronically.

Interlibrary loan materials are subject to copyright law. For copyright policy, refer to section C of the Library Copyright Policy.

Rules & Procedures:

  • Patrons with a DSU ID card entitling them to library privileges may use interlibrary loan services.
  • ILL requests are submitted by patrons through the automated interlibrary loan system.
  • Faculty/staff/students of participating UALC libraries are encouraged to use the ILL services of their own institutions.
  • Community patrons do not have interlibrary loan privileges at DSU, but are encouraged to use the interlibrary loan services of the Washington County Public Library system.
  • Patrons must show a DSU ID or appropriate library card before receiving interlibrary loan materials.
  • Interlibrary loan material will be entered into the students library account for tracking and accountability.
  • Patrons must provide an email address through the interlibrary loan system in order to be notified when the requested materials are received. If no email address is available, it is the patron’s responsibility to check at the Circulation desk for arrival of the requested materials.
  • Patrons may pick up physical interlibrary loan materials at the Library Circulation desk. Articles will be delivered electronically to the patron’s interlibrary loan account.
  • Interlibrary loan patrons are responsible for:
    • returning items on time
    • any fines accrued for overdue materials at $1 per day up to a $25 maximum
    • replacement and processing charges for lost or damaged items
  • If libraries outside of Utah charge a transaction fee, the charge may be passed on to the patron.
  • There is a 20 item limit per person within any given time.
  • Interlibrary loan services may be refused to anyone who abuses the privilege, e.g., books consistently returned late, damaged books, fees not paid, etc.

Charges for interlibrary loan materials:

DSU faculty/staff/students are not charged for interlibrary loan materials, unless a user fee is assessed by the lending institution, or the materials are not returned or returned damaged and are assessed replacement and processing fees by the lending institution.