These Books Have Different Due Dates: ILL Lending Periods


Books as far as the eye can see, but we still may not have YOUR book…

We have so many resources available for you here at the Leatherby Libraries; however, we do not have everything. Sometimes, when you are conducting your research, you may come across a book or article that we don’t own. That’s when interlibrary loan is useful. Using your ILLiad account, you can place a request for the article or book and have it supplied by another library. If you are requesting an article, an electronic copy of the item will be delivered directly to your ILLiad account. You will have 30 days to log in and view that article. After 30 days, it will simply disappear, meaning you don’t need to remember any due dates for articles.

Requesting a book is different. We are unable to request ebooks via interlibrary loan, so any book request is processed for a physical copy of the item, and it will be sent directly to your listed address. This is where things get a little tricky: with items that we own, students are given a 6 week checkout period, but with items from another library, the checkout period can vary. All interlibrary loan items are subject to the circulation policies of the library that is loaning the item to us, so that can mean a shorter checkout period. All is not lost, however, if you receive an ILL item and you need more time with it, simply call us 5-7 days before the due date so we can place a renewal request for you. Renewal requests are at the discretion of the lending library, so they aren’t guaranteed, but most libraries are happy to grant more time.

Every ILL item is affixed with a bright red slip on the front of the book that clearly states the due date for that particular item. If you check out many items, be sure to keep track of each individual due date. Also remember: if you have any questions regarding items you have checked out, we are only a phone call away!


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