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Interlibrary Loan: About

Borrow materials through a cooperative resource sharing network of libraries worldwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is interlibrary loan (ILL)?
Interlibrary loan (ILL) enables users to borrow materials through cooperative resource sharing networks of libraries.

Who can use ILL?
Currently enrolled students, faculty and staff of Palm Beach State College.

When should I use ILL?
When the item you need is not in any Palm Beach State library collection.  If the item is owned by the College, but checked out, you must place a hold on our copy.  Check with a reference librarian before placing an ILL request, as they may be able to locate  sources that are readily available. 

How do I request materials through ILL?
Interlibrary loan requests can be submitted through the library catalog, the WorldCat database, or the Request a Book and Request an Article forms.  Learn more about how to submit your own ILL requests.

How long does ILL take?
Requests generally take from 3 days to over 2 weeks, depending on the availability and location of the item requested.

How long can I keep ILL items?
Loan periods and due dates are established by the lending library and vary from 2 - 4 weeks. Borrowers may keep photocopies of periodical articles requested through ILL.

Can I renew ILL items?
Some lending libraries allow renewals, but others do not.  Please contact the Interlibrary Loan Desk at (561) 868-3714, or by e-mail to request a renewal.  Overdue items cannot be renewed.

How much does ILL cost?
There is no charge for requesting an interlibrary loan.  However, some lending libraries may charge a fee.  The ILL department will obtain your permission before requesting any materials for which there is a cost.

How will I be notified when my ILL arrives?
A notice will be sent to your College email address when your materials are ready for pickup.   Articles can sometimes be e-mailed to you.

Are there any copyright restrictions?
Yes.  The U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C. Code) governs the requesting, receiving and photocopying of published and copyrighted works and places restrictions on interlibrary loan requests. Palm Beach State College libraries are bound by Federal Law to comply with copyright law, and reserve the right to refuse any interlibrary loan request deemed in violation of federal copyright laws.