Interlibrary Loan Services
Books and journal articles not located in the Health Sciences Library can be ordered through interlibrary loan (ILL).
The Library’s policy is to fill only those requests necessary to meet the educational, research or clinical needs of UTHSC faculty, staff and students. However, we are unable to obtain assigned textbooks for classes at UTHSC or elsewhere. Requests for items needed for personal interests should be submitted to the Memphis Public Library or your local public library.
Ordering Interlibrary Loans
A journal article or book request form must be filled out for each request. Lists from literature searches or bibliographies cannot be accepted. The forms are available through the library’s online library system. Only registered library users, who have interlibrary loan privileges, will be able to use the forms.
Interlibrary Loan Turnaround Time
Regular Service. Most photocopies that are requested are received in 3 to 10 working days, depending on availability, source, and speed of the mail. The turnaround time for receiving a book or journal may be longer, depending on the method of delivery used by the lending library.
Rush Service. If you request RUSH service, we will move these to the top of our queue, however delivery is subject to availability and supply by other libraries.
Interlibrary Loan Charges (per request)
- UT employees and students: Free (including Rush Service) (effective Feb. 1, 2016)
- Non-UT patrons: $10, add $10 for Rush Service. Some items (e.g., dissertations, patents, or ERIC documents) must be obtained through commercial sources and are more expensive than regular interlibrary loans. Charges include the amount billed by the supplier plus a $10 surcharge.
Method of Payment for Interlibrary Loans
ILL orders to UTHSC faculty, staff and students are free. Non-UT personnel pay $10 per request, and an additional $10 for each rush request. The cost of interlibrary loans must be paid in cash when they are picked up.
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, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If users make a request for, or later use, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of fair use, they may be liable for copyright infringement.
We reserve the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in our judgment, fulfilling the order would violate copyright law.