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Interlibrary Loan


Distance Learning Students (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Article Requests

We will order articles that you request via Interlibrary Loan and email them to your UAH email.  If the journal is available in print at the Salmon Library, we will scan the article and email it to your UAH email address.

Book Requests

If you live less than 30 miles from the UAH campus, you will need to come to the library to check out the books found in 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.


How Long Does It Take?

Minimum time: 3-5 working days for articles

Average time: 7-10 working days for books

Maximum time: 20 working days or more. This can depend on how many libraries own that particular title.


Prioritize Multiple Requests

Graduate students, faculty and staff:  If you place 10 or more requests at one time, please note a priority order for the requests with #1 as top priority, etc.  Sometimes lenders are limited by the types of items requested, and the ILL department attempts to place its requests in a balanced manner among the available lenders.

We Do Not Request TextBooks

We do not request textbooks for current classes.  The ILL loan period averages 28 days or less which is not long enough to be used for a semester class period.