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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What is InterLibrary Loan Service?

Interlibrary Loan is one of several alternative methods to obtain research material which is not available on campus or in the Electronic Journal Center. Many articles are immediately and easily available for viewing or printing as eJournals, eBooks & Media. Reference librarians can assist you with finding and printing articles.

For Reference Assistance call: 937.775.2925

Who can use it?

Wright State University faculty and staff, emeritus faculty and currently registered Wright State University students.

How do I use it?

When you cannot locate an item you need in the Library Catalog - WSU & Affiliates or in the OhioLINK system, you may enter an online interlibrary loan request using ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan internet accessible database). Library staff can assist you, if needed.

Interlibrary Loan staff will locate and request the item for you. This is a free service for WSU students, faculty and staff.

How long does it take?

Materials ordered through Interlibrary Loan arrive on average within 9 days, but may take longer depending on the speed of the lending library. Requests sent overseas can sometimes take several months.

Completing the InterLibrary Loan request form

Providing complete and accurate information on the request form helps reduce processing time. Abbreviations and incomplete or incorrect information on the request form delays the processing of a request. Including the citation number from an online search is especially helpful. For help in verifying a citation or translating abbreviations, ask a reference librarian for assistance.

Where is the InterLibrary Loan office?

In the Dunbar Library at the Circulation Desk. Or call 937.775.4110 for Health Sciences materials; 937.775.2289 for all other materials.

What will other libraries loan?

Other libraries will generally loan material that they circulate to their own patrons. Often excluded are: Textbooks, reference books, course reserve books, rare books, microfilm, dissertations, technical reports or audiovisual material. Individual issues or bound volumes of periodicals are rarely loaned.

Warning concerning copyright restrictions

Under certain conditions specified in the copyright law of the United States, libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be 'used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.' If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of 'fair use', that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Note that copyright law prohibits the photocopying of a complete book or issue of a periodical. You may view the complete text of the Copyright Law in Title 17 of the U.S. Code.

Notification and Checkout

When requested materials arrive, the Interlibrary Loan staff notifies the requester:

  • Books: WSU faculty, staff, and students are notified by e-mail. Materials are held for pickup at the Circulation Desk for 10 days after notification or until the material is scheduled to be returned to the owning library.
  • Photocopies: WSU students are notified by e-mail. Materials are held for pickup at the Circulation Desk for 10 days after notification. Photocopies for WSU faculty and staff are delivered to campus offices if specified on the ILLiad registration form.

Books and other circulating materials are checked out using your WSU photo ID. Your borrowing privileges in Interlibrary Loan and Circulation are blocked when you have any overdue material. Fines for Interlibrary Loan materials are $.50/day. Fines begin on the first day overdue. Interlibrary Loan overdue fines and lost book fees are billed through the Circulation Department.

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