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Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that enables our library to obtain books and articles from other libraries throughout the world. Through this service, Brookens Library assists the scholarly research of UIS's students, faculty and staff.
Loans obtained on interlibrary loan become the borrower's responsibility from the time of receipt until the material is returned to the ILL department. Patrons will be responsible for costs incurred due to lost or damaged items.
Currently enrolled students, faculty (both current and emeritus), and staff of UIS.
Use ILL when you need a book that is not available in Brookens Library or through the I-Share catalog. Also use ILL when you need an article not held by Brookens Library.
These are both ways to obtain books from other libraries. If a book is owned by one of the other 70+ I-Share libraries in Illinois, then patrons are required to request from them first. The patron requests the book directly from the online catalog (I-Share Catalog). If the book is not available, or has been requested and not filled by an I-Share library, then patrons may request it through ILL. The ILL department will then request the book from libraries outside the I-Share system. (If requested and unfilled from I-Share, please indicate this in the comments section of the ILL request form.)
Charges for ILL services are subsidized by Brookens Library and not passed on to the patron.
The normal turn around time for ILL is 1-2 weeks,articles usually arriving quicker than books.Many factors play a part in how long it will actually take (including how many libraries own the item, where they are located, their willingness to fill the request, etc.) It is essential that you plan ahead and allow enough time for materials to arrive. Incomplete and/or inaccurate citations often slow processing time. Please see a Reference Librarian if you need help completing citations.
You may contact ILL staff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 217-206-6601. Department hours are 8:30am-4:30pm. M-F. If you leave a message or send an email outside of those hours, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
No. Brookens Library does not make our Video/DVD/CD collections available to other libraries through ILL, therefore it is against ILL policy to request these types of items from other libraries.
No, the ILL department can order articles from journals following the copyright laws, but the journal itself may not be borrowed.
Yes. If a lending library cannot be found, if the citation is incorrect and the item cannot be found, if the item is owned by Brookens Library, or if a book is available at an I-Share library (see earlier question about I-Share .) In these cases, the request will be cancelled, and the patron will be notified of this cancellation.
Software, recently published materials, reference materials, rare or valuable materials. The ILL staff will TRY to obtain the material, but the decision to loan material is at the discretion of the lending library.
You may submit an online request from My ILL
Also, if a book or article record is located inpne of our online database, there is a "borrow from another library" link that will direct you to My ILL.
Books that are obtained through ILL are held at the Circulation Desk on Level 2 of Brookens Library.You will be notified by email when the book arrives, and they will need to have your current I-card with you to pick the items up. Articles will be posted to your My ILL account, with an accompanying email indicating the article has been delivered.
The lending library determines the loan period, restrictions, and renewal policy for its materials.
Borrowers should make every effort to complete their work with ILL materials within the original loan period. If a renewal request is necessary, you may do so through your MY ILL account. Some libraries stipulate their materials cannot be renewed. This is why it is not a good idea to request materials that will be needed for a whole semester.
No. The ILL department cannot request books/textbooks that are required reading for classes.
Though we understand that textbook prices are especially high, the library is unable to borrow required class textbooks via Interlibrary Loan. Why?
So considering all of these reasons, not allowing required course textbook requests protects you from getting far behind in your class work and study while waiting for a textbook that might not be able to be borrowed, from losing your library and ILL privileges and being responsible for replacement costs and fees should you neglect to return a book when it is due. It also is best for the whole patron base of the UIS library, which we have to look at, not just the wants of a few students.
What good is ILL if it cannot supply my textbooks? Your textbooks give you the basic framework for your classes—the library’s collections and ILL services provide the rest. The library provides you supplementary materials to augment your required reading. ILL offers you the opportunity to get materials that we don’t hold that will assist you with your projects, papers and presentations.