Interlibrary loan: What is it?

Interlibrary loan is a service provided by the ACU Library to borrow books or obtain articles (or book chapters) from other libraries. This service is for needed materials (excluding textbooks) not found in the ACU Library. It is available to ACU students, faculty, and staff. Articles and book chapters are delivered by email. However, interlibrary loan books must be checked out at the ACU Library.

How much does it cost?

Most interlibrary loans are free.

How long does it take?

On average, requests are fulfilled within a week or two. Sometimes articles arrive within days by email. Mailed interlibrary loans (especially books) typically arrive in about five business days.

How can I use the service?

Send an email to [email protected] with your contact information, the date by which you need the book or article (i.e., an expiration date for your request), and the citation of the book or article. This can often be done via a database’s email feature.

By using interlibrary loan, you agree to abide by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The law permits libraries to provide a photocopy or other reproduction under certain circumstances, including that it is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” Patrons going beyond the provisions of “fair use” may be liable for copyright infringement, a federal crime. The ACU Library reserves the right to deny copying requests that may involve a violation of copyright law. If you have any questions or concerns about this warning, please contact Rob Oliverio ([email protected]), our Head Librarian.


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