Need a BOOK that the Clark Family Library doesn't own:
Your EZBorrow patron ID is a 10-digit number. To find your patron ID, add two 0's at the beginning and a 1 at the end of the number on the back of your W&J ID card. (Examples and more information). Contact email@example.com with questions.
Need an ARTICLE or Book Chapter from a journal or book that W&J doesn't own?
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.
Who can use Interlibrary Loan?
Clark Family Library provides Interlibrary Loan services year-round to current students, faculty, and staff of Washington & Jefferson College.
What may be borrowed?
Books, journal or magazine articles, theses, dissertations, books on microfilm, and audiovisual materials may be requested.
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.
How will I know if my items have arrived?
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.
When are items due?
The lending library sets the due date and use conditions (e.g. in library use only or no photocopying) for the items they lend.
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.
I requested an article, do I get to keep the copy?
Yes, copies of articles are yours to keep.
Can I renew my Interlibrary Loan material?
Renewal may be requested before the due date, except for items designated no renewal.
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.
What if my interlibrary loan book is recalled?
If the lending library recalls an item, the patron will be notified by email, telephone, or mail with a request to return the item immediately.
What are my responsibilities in regard to Interlibrary Loan materials?
The Clark Family Library complies with the
The Library maintains the confidentiality of all Interlibrary Loan transactions.