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Interlibrary Loan

The following information is meant to provide a general overview of the Interlibrary loan services offered to our borrowers at the University Library.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a service offered to our students, faculty and staff to help locate and borrow resources that are not held by the University Library. Interlibrary loan allows the University Library to help locate materials and request that they be sent digitally (when available) or by mail to be picked up at one of the University Library's locations.

Who Can Use Interlibrary Loan?

Currently the only eligible individuals able to take advantage of Interlibrary loan are the following

Full Interlibrary Loan Service (includes all Print and Digital):
  • Students based on or near a physical campus library
  • Faculty based on a physical campus
  • Staff based on a physical campus
Digital Interlibrary Loan Services (Copies of Articles/Chapters)
  • Remote Students (not located near a physical campus)
  • Remote Faculty (not located near a physical campus)
  • Remote Staff (not located near a physical campus)

Alumni and Library Guests are unable to take advantage of interlibrary loan.

A Quick Guide on How to Use Interlibrary Loan

Step One

Make Sure we Don't Own it!

  • Find an article, book, or chapter you want to request from database or our catalog.
  • Locate the "Search for Full-Text" link to see if we own it.
  • If we don't own it, find the "Login to ILL" Link located in the book/articles catalog record
    under the "Check Access" Tag. 
Step Two

Get Ready to Send!

  • Login using you TCSPP email address and password
  • Check your request for accuracy.
  • Select a pickup location (only if you need the full book!)
  • Click "Submit Request"
Step Three

Watch your email

  • Books typically take up to a week to arrive
  • Articles and chapters usually arrive in your inbox within a few hours to a few days
  • You will receive an email when your item is ready to read or be picked up

What can we and what can't we request?

We Can Request
We Can't Request
  • Request journal articles
  • Request magazine articles
  • Request dissertations
  • Request a single book chapter*
  • Request books, if an on-ground student **
  • Request videos/DVDs, if an on-ground student ***
  • Request electronic videos or other media
  • Request eBooks
  • Request whole journal issues
  • Request psychological testing materials
  • Request posters presented at a conference
  • Request an entire book if you're an
    online student**
  • Request more than one chapter of a book****
  • Request a textbook for your class

*      We can request both a chapter of a physical book and an eBook
**    On-line students are unable to request physical items, unless they are located near one of the Library's locations
***   Media materials are often non-circulating, and we may be unable to full fill the request
**** This is because of copyright restrictions

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