IU Northwest offers full interlibrary loan (ILL) privileges to all students, staff, and faculty of IU Northwest. We also offer ILL privileges, on a limited basis, to IU alumni and community members.
ILL service is governed by the Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association, the policies of the lending libraries, and federal copyright law (U.S. Code Title 17).
When IUN does not own a particular book or journal article, we may be able to borrow the material from another IU library, another library in the state, in the country, or somewhere in the world. This service is carried out by the library's System Services department.
You can get almost anything you need or want through ILL. Examples include: books, videos, journal articles, newspaper articles, dissertations, and more.
There is no set answer for this. As a general rule of thumb: you cannot borrow books held in Rare Books Collections or Archives. Most libraries will not lend current best-sellers or new textbooks. You usually can’t borrow an entire issue or volume of a journal. Reference books do not circulate. While we will try and get you whatever you need, ultimately we can only borrow what some other library is willing to loan.
An ILL request may be cancelled or delayed when:
On weekdays, you can call the System Services office at 980-6933 or 980-6932. You can also stop by the office - located in Room 147.
In the evenings and on weekends, you can call the Reference Desk at 980-6582 to check if your journal (photocopy) request(s) are available. For book requests, you should contact the Circulation Desk at 980-6585.
The loan period for ILL varies; loans are set by the policies of the lending libraries.
The due date is indicated on the circulation slip in the book. While renewals are possible, they are at the discretion of the lending library. You should come to the System Services office (Room 147) or call the office at 980-6933 or 980-6932 to request renewals.
Because our ability to borrow depends on the goodwill of other libraries, the due dates must be honored. Repeated disregard for due dates can result in the suspension of your borrowing privileges.
The IUN Library is bound by any restriction on use imposed by the lending library. Some libraries require that the materials they lend be used in the borrowing library only. Some do not allow photocopying. Some require the signature of readers of unpublished dissertations. The borrower should not let others use the books he/she secures on loan unless special arrangements have been made.
You can pick up photocopies at the Reference Desk. Books are held at the Circulation Desk.
While we do everything we can to get materials as soon as possible, there isn't much we can do to go below the 5-10 day period. If you need something faster than that, there are a couple of things you can do if you need material that we don't own. You can locate the material at other libraries in the region by using WorldCat. If a library in the region owns what you need, you can go directly to them for the material. You may be able to borrow the material from them or use it on their premises.