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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If a book or article is not available at a PBSC Library, we will borrow a copy from another library, usually at no cost to the borrower.  The loan period for print books is established by the lending library and varies from 2 - 4 weeks.  Articles are usually sent by email.

Don't wait until the last minute!  It is important to remember that requests take time - typically from 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on the availability and location of the item requested.  Electronic copies of articles usually take less time.

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 College library collection.  If the item is owned by the College, but checked out, you must place a request 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. 

What is UBorrow?
UBorrow is a service offered by Florida's public state university and college system libraries.  It allows eligible patrons to borrow materials directly from any participating library when the materials are not available at the patron's home library.

How do I request materials through ILL?
Interlibrary loan requests may be submitted through the library catalog or through the Request a Book and Request an Article forms.  

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. Most articles are sent by email.  Borrowers may keep photocopies of 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 are usually emailed 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.