Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service in which books and articles not available at Creighton can be obtained from another library. Students, faculty, and staff in Arts & Sciences, Business, and University College are eligible for ILL service from the Reinert-Alumni Library. Health Sciences and Law clientele should contact those libraries directly.
What can or cannot be requested through ILL?
Any item can be requested if it is not available at any of the three Creighton Libraries. We cannot borrow textbooks, however, and many libraries do not loan certain items such as DVDs, dissertations, or the complete issue of a journal.
Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot request more than five recent articles from the same journal. Please limit your requests accordingly, and we will work with you to identify other options.
How much does it cost?
Interlibrary loan service is subsidized by the Library and provided free of charge to current students, faculty, and staff. Overdue fines apply.
How long does it take?
Most articles arrive in 4-6 days and most books arrive in 8-10 days. Turnaround depends upon the nature of the material requested and the geographic location of the lending library.
How do I submit an ILL request?
Most library databases such as EBSCO provide web forms to request an item through ILL. You can also request a book or request an article online, or use printed forms available from the Reference Desk.
Where do I pick up my material when it arrives?
You will be notified by email when the books or other returnable items you have requested are available. These items may be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Articles are sent to you via email in PDF form. Returnable materials NOT picked up within 10 days will be returned to the lending library.
Are there any restrictions?
The supplying library determines the conditions of the loan, including the due date. Books must be renewed or returned by the date indicated, or we will block privileges just as we do with our own overdue books.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproductions 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 to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.