What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan is the borrowing and lending of material between libraries on behalf of library users. It provides students, faculty, and staff of Washington & Jefferson College with access to material not available in our Library's collection. Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by user services.
Since few libraries lend audiovisual materials (videocassettes, DVDs, compact discs, etc.), these items may take longer to arrive and may not be possible to obtain through Interlibrary Loan.
When necessary, the Library will use the services of a commercial, fee-based document supplier to obtain material.
We are unable to borrow text books required for class.
How many items may be requested?
There is no limit to the number of items that may be requested by an individual. The library assumes all of the costs of standard interlibrary loan services, including shipping, and will charge patrons, with their approval, a nominal fee of $10 in the event that a lending institution charges an IFM. The library is willing to pay fees above those paid by the patron and not exceeding $25 for an interlibrary loan item. For items that exceed this amount, the library will contact the requester to verify that she or he still needs the item considering the additional cost.
How long does it take for items to arrive?
The normal turnaround time for an Interlibrary Loan request is 5 to 10 business days, but may take more or less time depending on the method of transmission used by the lending library (U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or electronic transmission).
Rush requests will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Faculty and other College employees:
For microfilm and other in-library use only items:
Patrons will be notified by email when items cannot be obtained.
The Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States defines the due date as the date the material should be checked in at the lending library. Please have items returned in time for them to be shipped to the lending library.
If a renewal is granted, the Library will notify you of the new due date via email, telephone, or campus mail. If a renewal is not granted, the Library will notify you via email, telephone, or campus mail and request that the item is returned by the due date.
The Library maintains the confidentiality of all Interlibrary Loan transactions.