What is ILL?
SRJC Library Interlibrary Loan service borrows books and obtains copies of articles from other libraries when these items are not part of our library collections. This service is provided to support the study and research needs of SRJC students, faculty and staff. Please see Borrowing Guidelines to determine eligibility.
Where do you pick up your ILL?
You will be notified by e-mail when the materials you requested have arrived. You may pick up books at the Circulation Desk at the Doyle or Mahoney Library (whichever library you indicated on your request form). Electronic articles will be sent to you via e-mail.
Materials Available to Request
- Any material found in libraries is potentially available.
- Books, government documents, theses, musical scores and some audiovisual materials may be borrowed, depending on the lending library’s policies
- Please note: Videos are difficult to acquire, as most libraries will not lend.
Materials NOT Available to Request
The following types of materials cannot normally be obtained through ILL:
- Materials for class reserve or group use
- Course textbooks
- Recent newspapers
- Reference books
- Rare or valuable archival materials
There is typically no charge for our ILL services. If a request is not available from one of our partner libraries, the Library may be able to accept charges on behalf of faculty and staff. This service is available on a limited basis dependent on library budgetary constraints. Any book lost or damaged while in your possession will be charged to your account for replacement costs.
You should allow at least 3 to 10 working days to receive physical materials. Delivery time for electronic materials varies from a few hours to a couple of days.
Loan Periods and Renewals
- The loan period is determined by the lending library.
- The loan period averages about 3 weeks.
- Please keep in mind that not all libraries allow renewals.
- Note: To avoid losing your interlibrary loan privileges, please return borrowed books on time. When the book you requested arrives, a paper band with your name and the due date is placed around it. Please do not remove this band.
When ILL loans arrive you are notified via e-mail, and you may pick them up at the Circulation Desk. Articles will be sent to your e-mail account. Any notifications will be sent through e-mail.
SRJC Libraries participate in a limited borrowing consortium and may not be able to fill all requests.
Lending libraries determine any restrictions regarding the use and loan of their materials. For example, loans designated by the lending library for “In Library Use Only” must not leave our library buildings.
All materials borrowed through ILL must be returned to the Circulation Desk by the written due date. Items lost, returned late or in poor condition jeopardizes the ability of the library to borrow from other libraries in the future.
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of copies of copyrighted materials and limits the number of times Interlibrary Loan photocopies of articles may be requested from a single periodical title. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified 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 purpose 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 a violation of copyright law.