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Interlibrary Loan

Tipasa - InterLibrary Loan

The M. Louis Salmon Library is pleased to offer OCLC's Tipasa for the placing of your interlibrary loans. 

To access the forms for requesting books and articles we use UAH's Single Sign-On, the one secure login that you use for all your UAH services such as Canvas, MyUAH, etc.


Once you are in the User Portal you will be able to request books, articles, chapter from books, dissertations, DVDs, scores, CDs, etc.

Use the Book Request form for books, DVDs, CDs, scores, dissertations, etc.  Use the Article/Chapter form for requests that will be sent electronically.

Besides being able to request books and articles you will be able to keep track of your requests.

1.Check the status of your requests (new ones, ones awaiting processing).
2. Electronically receive your requested articles.
3. See canceled requests (either ones you have canceled or ones canceled by our ILL staff).
4. Check the history of your past requests (ones that you have received).
5. See all your requests (new, canceled, in process, finished, delivered).
6. See a list of notifications (emails) that you have received for your requests.

If you have questions or problems please contact the ILL department at: 256-824-6124 or

NOTE: If you are having problems logging into the system, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 256-824-3333 or  Thank you.


ILL General Information

Office Location: Room 343, Third Floor - Central Tower, Salmon Library

Phone: 256-824-6124 or 256-824-6522


Staff: See the Staff Directory by Department

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM

After hours, please use email.


How long does it take to receive a requested book?

Allow 15 or more working days for the arrival of requested books as these are shipped by U.S. mail, UPS, or FedEx. It may take longer depending on how many libraries own the title.


How long does it take to receive a requested article?

Many article requests arrive within 24 hours but others may take 7 or working days depending on how many libraries own that particular journal title.

Requesting Textbooks?

Textbooks are difficult to borrow as other libraries need their copies for their own students. 

If we do request textbooks it may take several weeks before the book arrives.  We have no control over the loan period of the lending library so you would not be able to use the borrowed textbook for the entire semester.

We recommend that you request an earlier edition of the textbook.  You may wish to request the chapter that you need before your own copy of the textbook arrives.


Low Fee Interlibrary Loan

The interlibrary loan department engages in free or low fee interlibrary loan borrowing for all patrons as much as possible.  Charges for ILL are not passed to patrons, but borrowing charges that exceed $25.00 per item may cause requests to be unfilled.  Every effort is made to see that ILL requests are filled.

Please be sure that you pick up all requested materials when notified as it costs the library and university money to provide this service.

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