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What is Interlibrary Loan?
Note: Please always check the Regis library catalog and databases before requesting an item through Interlibrary Loan.
The Interlibrary Loan staff borrows books and journal articles, which the Regis College Library does not own, from other institutions. Requests for materials are made through an electronic network of college and research libraries nationwide.
Who is eligible for the Interlibrary Loan service?
This service is available for Regis College students, faculty and staff.
How do you request an item through Interlibrary Loan?
There are two ways to make a request. 1) You may link to an Interlibrary Loan request form from many of our databases. This is the most efficient way to request an article because the citation gets copied into the form from the database. You need only add your contact information. 2) The request forms are also available under the Services section of the Library web site.
All requests should be submitted electronically through these forms. In order to expedite your request, please verify that all information is correct.
What kinds of materials can be borrowed?
Books, journal articles, and other materials are available through Interlibrary Loan. Generally, dissertations, videos, DVDs, CDs, microfilm/fiche and other media items are not available for borrowing.
How long does it take to receive materials?
Books usually arrive within five to ten business days after the request has been processed. Journal articles are received within three days, on average. Once a request has been made, our staff processes it and provides it to you as soon as possible.
What is the length of the loan period?
The average loan period for books is one month, unless otherwise designated by the lender. Renewals are determined by the lender library and do not exceed one renewal.
Is there a fee for the Interlibrary Loan Service?
The Regis College Library does not charge patrons to use the Interlibrary Loan service. However, lending Libraries will on rare occasions impose a fee to borrow an item. The fee usually ranges between $8.00 and $12.00. If there is a fee involved, you will be charged a maximum of $5.00 and will be notified prior to processing.
How will I know when my materials have arrived?
If you have requested articles, they will be sent to you electronically unless you tell us otherwise when you make the request. When books arrive, you will receive an electronic notification to pick up the item at the Circulation Desk.