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Interlibrary Loan Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is Eligible to use this service at Saint Mary's College: 

  • Saint Mary's College currently enrolled Students, Faculty (including emeriti) and Staff

Other library users: Please request items through your local public library.

Turnaround Time:  While we go to all reasonable length to obtain materials as quickly as possible, much depends on the difficulty of locating the material and the distance from the library that may be able to supply it.

  • Books: average of seven days to arrive, but can take as long as 22 days. Your should allow a minimum of two weeks.
  • Journal articles: usually available in three days, but can take much longer. Your should allow a minimum of two weeks.
  • Unpublished works: such as dissertations are very difficult to obtain. Your should allow a minimum of two weeks.

Delivery Methods:  You will be notified through your College email account when the material you requested is ready for pick-up or to download as a PDF file.

Due Dates for Book Loans:  Materials borrowed through interlibrary loan have various due dates which are determined by the LENDING library and is indicated on the book band.

Renewals for Book Loans:  You may request renewals of interlibrary loan books online at at least 3 days before the item is due. You will be notified of the new due date.

Penalties: Failure to return interlibrary loan materials may result in charges determined by the LENDING library to cover the cost of replacing the material and any associated processing fees.

Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions: 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 specified conditions is the 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 judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.