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Interlibrary Loan Services

Books and journal articles not located in the Health Sciences Library can be ordered through interlibrary loan (ILL).

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. Delivery is guaranteed by a specific date and time (upon approval of the ILL/Photocopy Office).

Interlibrary Loan Charges

  • Regular Service (per request):
    • UT employees and students: $6
    • Non-UT patrons: $10
  • Rush Service (per request):
    • ILL/Photocopies: Add $10

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

The cost of interlibrary loans must be charged to an active UT account number (request form) or paid in cash when they are picked up.

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, 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.

Last modified: April 10, 2014