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Interlibrary Loan

ILL Frequently Asked Questions

What is InterLibrary Loan and who can use it? 

The Salmon Library Interlibrary Loan Services Department obtains loans (books) or copies of research materials not owned by the Salmon Library for UAH faculty, students and staff. Persons not affiliated with the University in this manner should consult their local public library.

 

When should I use InterLibrary Loan?

Use interlibrary loan when iLink, the UAH on-line catalog, indicates that Salmon Library does not own the book you want or does not have the periodical with the article you need, either in print or electronically. Use the link to JOURNALS from the library’s home page to determine the electronic or print availability of periodicals. Ask a Reference Librarian if you need assistance. Submitting an ILL request without thoroughly searching UAH resources, in print and on-line, can delay your access to the material.

 

What Materials are not available through ILL?

The following materials usually are not requested: E-Books; entire periodical issues; materials for reserve or group use; reference books; textbooks and items that violate copyright guidelines.

 

How much does it cost?

Interlibrary loans are available at no cost to UAH faculty, students and staff. The cost to the library averages $35.00 per request and borrowers are encouraged to avoid unnecessary expense to the library and university.

Borrowers are charged $1.00 per day for each day that an ILL book is overdue After 21 days overdue, the ILL book is declared “LOST” and a fee of $100.00 is imposed which includes a non-refundable processing fee of $25.00.

 

How long will it take?

Allow 10 to 15 working days for monograph materials (books) to arrive. Journal articles and book chapters are generally received within 4 or more working days and are usually emailed directly to you. Notification for pick-up is by by UAH email. Please be sure to check your email for ILL messages.

 If you do not pick up your requested materials or notify us that you do not need them, you will be charged a $5.00 fee.

What information should I provide to facilitate the request?

Provide complete citation information for each item.

For books: title, author, edition if appropriate, and ISBN if available.

For articles: journal title (no abbreviations, please), article author, article title, volume/issue/page numbers, publication date and ISSN if available.

Please provide us with as much information as possible so that we can process your requests promptly and efficiently.

 

How will I receive the material I request?

If the item you requested is an article, we can deliver in one of 4 ways:

  1. It will be available to you via Article Exchange. You will be sent a notice to your UAH email account with information on how to access it.
  2. It will be placed at the library's User Services desk (first floor lobby) for you to pick up. This would be done if the article was sent as a paper copy.
  3. It will be sent it as an attachment to your email address.
  4. it will be sent through campus mail if it is a paper copy (for faculty and staff).

If it is a book, we will notify you via your UAH email account of its arrival. The material will then be placed at the User Services desk for you to pick up. It will be held at the User Services Desk for 15 days after which time it will be returned to the lender.

 

Are renewals possible?

Please note that the lending library sets the return date. In most cases it may be two or three weeks with no renewal. Salmon Library has no control over these dates. The due date is indicated on the book band wrapped around the item's cover. Borrowers are charged $1.00/day for each day that an ILL book is overdue.

Institutions that loan materials reserve the right to recall items at any time.

 

I'm a Distance Learning Student (Graduate or Undergraduate), how do I request Article Requests? 

We will order articles that you request through our Interlibrary Loan software and send the electronic copy to you via your UAH email.  If the library has the article in print we will scan and deliver it to you via your UAH email.

 

I'm a Distance Learning Student (Graduate or Undergraduate), how do I request Books?

If you live less than 30 miles from the UAH campus, you will need to come to the library to check out the books that are part of the Salmon Library collection.

If you live more than 30 miles from the UAH campus, we can check out books belonging to the Salmon Library and ship them to you via U.S. Postal Service.  You will be responsible for the cost of mailing the books back to the library by the due date.

We can borrow books for you from other libraries. These books will be shipped to you via UPS and will require a signature upon delivery. When you ship the books back to the UAH Interlibrary Loan Department you must put the books in a secure box, insured the package for at least $100 and use a shipping method that requires a signature upon receipt.

I'm an Off Campus Faculty member, how do I request Articles?

We will order articles that you request via Interlibrary Loan and send them to you via your UAH email.  If the article can be found in one of the print journals, we will scan it and send to you via your UAH email.  Please be sure to note that you are off campus in the Notes field of your article request.

 

I'm an Off Campus Faculty member, how do I request Books?

If the book is part of the Salmon Library's collection we will check the book out to you and ship it via U.S. Postal Service.  You will be responsible for the cost of mailing the books back to the library by its due date.  Please be sure to note that you are off campus in the Notes field of your book request

We can borrow books for you from other libraries. These books will be shipped to you via UPS and will require a signature upon delivery. When you ship the books back to the UAH Interlibrary Loan Department you must put the books in a secure box, insured the package for at least $100 and use a shipping method that requires a signature upon receipt.

 

I'm an Off Campus Staff member, how do I request Articles?

We will order articles that you request via Interlibrary Library Loan and send them to you via your UAH email.  If the article can be found in one of the print journals, we will scan it and send to you via email.  Please be sure to note that you are off campus in the Notes field of your article request.

 

I'm an Off Campus Staff member, how do I request Books?

If the book is part of the Salmon Library's collection we will check the book out to you and ship it via U.S. Postal Service.  You will be responsible for the cost of mailing the books back to the library by its due date.  Please be sure to note that you are off campus in the Notes field of your book request

We can borrow books for you from other libraries. These books will be shipped to you via UPS and will require a signature upon delivery. When you ship the books back to the UAH Interlibrary Loan Department you must put the books in a secure box, insured the package for at least $100 and use a shipping method that requires a signature upon receipt.

 

How can I order my own copy of a dissertation?

If a thesis or dissertation is unavailable at another library, it usually can be ordered from ProQuest Dissertation Publishing. Select "Dissertation Express" in the right hand column. Follow the links to search for your item, to place your order and to pay by credit card. This is a patron's personal transaction and not a library-facilitated purchase. 

 

How can I contact the Interlibrary Loan office?

We are located in Room 343 Salmon Library (3rd floor of the Central Tower). Our office hours are 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM Monday through Friday. Please come in, call us (256-824-6124 or 256-824-6522) or email us at illuah@uah.edu if you need assistance or have questions.

 

What should I know about copyright restrictions on interlibrary loans?

Submission of an official interlibrary loan request form indicates that the requester recognizes and agrees to comply with copyright laws and guidelines governing duplication of materials for interlibrary loan.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction 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.

 

NOTE: We will not accept ILL requests for your required textbooks. ILL is not an option to meet the class textbook requirements.