Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)


Lynn Schneiderman
Interlibrary Loan Assistant
(402) 280-2219 / Email

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 material can be requested?

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 do I submit a request?

Most library databases, such as EBSCOhost, 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.

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 much does it cost?

Interlibrary loan service is subsidized by the Library and provided free of charge to current students, faculty, and staff. Although we do not charge overdue fines, you will be billed for items that are not returned.

Where do I pick up items when they arrive?

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 lending library determines the conditions of the loan, including the due date. Books must be renewed or returned (in good condition) by the date indicated, or we will block privileges just as we do with our own overdue books.

Copyright Statement

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.