Interlibrary Loan services are available to UTC students, staff, and faculty. For
users not belonging to those groups, we encourage you to contact your local public
library about interlibrary loan services.
Requests must be submitted electronically via ILLiad. ILLiad requires first-time users
to create a user account. Once the user account is established, users can submit
requests anytime from a computer with internet access.
Many different types of materials can be requested via ILL, including books, articles,
chapters, microfilm/microfiche, and conference proceedings. The following items are
often difficult to obtain: rare and older books and manuscripts, popular fiction,
textbooks, entire journal volumes, audiovisual materials (DVDs and CDs), maps, and
dissertations and theses.
Because interlibrary loaned items are generally short-term loans from other institutions,
we do not recommend ILL for course textbooks, since they will likely come due long
before the semester ends. It can also be difficult for us to acquire textbooks via
ILL, since other institutions are also likely using that item as a course text.
Turnaround times are highly variable and depend on the availability and circulation
policies of the libraries sending us materials. While many journal articles will be
available in as little as 24 hours, physical materials are snail-mailed, and can take
7-10 business days (or more) to arrive once a lender agrees to provide the material.
Loan times and limits are set by the lending institution sending us the material.
When you receive the item, it will have details about the due date, and about whether
or not you may request a renewal to keep the item a bit longer.
The lending library will typically assess both a replacement fee and processing fee
for the item lost. The policy of the lending library is used to determine the fee.
You will receive a bill notification from the UTC Library via e-mail. Payment can
be made at the UTC Library Circulation Desk.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.