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- Who can use the Interlibrary Loan service?
Current 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.
- How do I place an interlibrary loan request?
Requests are submitted using the “Make a Request” form available in the UTC Library catalog. Log in to your UTC Library Account using your UTCID and Password to place a request. You can also use the “Get It @ UTC” button in WorldCat and our other databases to connect you to the “Make a Request” form.
- Can I get my textbooks through interlibrary loan?
No. ILL cannot borrow any materials currently listed as required or supplemental course texts on the current textbook list available through the UTC Bookstore. ILL cannot serve as a replacement for purchasing textbooks. We realize that the burden to purchase textbooks is often high. If you are finding it difficult to acquire your textbooks, please let your instructor know and encourage them to place a copy in our Course Reserves. You may also want to speak with a UTC Bookstore representative about rental options.
- What kinds of materials can I get through interlibrary loan?
Articles, book chapters, books, and DVDs are available through interlibrary loan. Please be aware that popular and rare books are often difficult to obtain due to demand and availability. Allow extra time for popular fiction or items that only a few libraries own. The following items are also difficult to obtain as many libraries will not lend them: archival material, entire journal volumes, dissertations and theses, maps, and reference works like dictionaries and thesauri.
- How long does it take to get an ILL item?
Turnaround times depend on the availability and the circulation policies of the libraries sending us materials.
- Articles and book chapters are generally delivered 1-2 business days from the time of request.
- Books and DVDs average 7 business days to arrive from the time of request.
- How long can I keep an ILL item and can I renew it?
Due dates are set by the library sending us the material. When you receive the item, you will be told the due date. Unless your item has a "NO RENEWALS" restriction, you can request the renewal via your UTC Library Account.
- How much does ILL cost?
It’s free (about 99% of the time)!
Some libraries charge for the use of their books or articles. The UTC Library will cover those charges up to $25 per request. If we are only able to obtain your requested material from a library that charges more than $25, we will contact you to ask if you are willing to pay those additional charges. If so, we will place a bill on your UTC Library Account for the difference. This bill can be paid at the Check Out Desk using Scrappy Cash.
- What happens if I lose an item I borrowed via interlibrary loan?
You must pay a replacement fee and processing fee determined by the library lending you the material. We will place a bill on your UTC Library Account. This bill can be paid at the Check Out Desk using Scrappy Cash.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us via e-mail at [email protected].