The University of Alabama
Interlibrary Loan Service
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The Interlibrary Loan Department provides access to research and instructional-related material not available in the University Libraries and serves as intermediary for materials needed by other libraries. The parameters of the service are governed by the current copyright law and guidelines, the National Interlibrary Loan Code, the lending library's policies and University Libraries' policies and procedures.


Interlibrary loan service is available for faculty, students, staff, and retired faculty. However, ILL materials are not provided for the purpose of class reserve.

Material borrowed via ILL is the responsibility of the borrower from the time it is picked up from the ILL Department until it is returned and signed in to ILL. If an extended loan period is needed, the borrower must contact the ILL Department before the due date to request a renewal. Renewals are not automatic and, like the loan period, are at the discretion of the lending library. If the material is overdue, damaged, lost, or missing, the charges are the responsibility of the borrower and are determined by the lending library.

ILL service is free except for rush and expedited delivery charges. Rush orders are processed at the discretion of the Supervisor, Interlibrary Loan.

Requests should be submitted via the ILL electronic form on the University Libraries' home page.


UA patrons who do not return ILL material within the timeframe allotted by the lending institution are automatically blocked by the ILL system until the material is returned and/or the fine is paid. They may also be blocked in the Voyager circulation module as well. If the UA ILL department receives an invoice for lost or late material, these fines will be passed on to the patron.


The University Libraries lend and copy materials from their collections for other libraries, but not for individuals. Libraries should make their requests on official interlibrary loan forms or through the OCLC system. These materials include: books, circulating copies of theses and dissertations, and government documents, photocopies of periodical articles and duplicates of microfiche. University Libraries will not lend audiovisual materials, special collection items, or periodicals.

Materials are loaned for four weeks, subject to recall, and may be renewed at the discretion of University Libraries. The library may indicate that material is restricted to in-library use only, or require special packaging, commercial shipment services, insurance, etc. to protect the material from possible damage and/or loss.

Borrowing libraries will be charged for ILL services, except those institutions participating in reciprocal and consortia agreements, or government , or public libraries. Costs for material that has been damaged, lost, or reported missing will be billed to the borrowing institution.


The University Libraries reserve the right to suspend or withdraw ILL privileges because of patron abuse, e.g. consistently returning material late, excessive loss of material, damage to material, etc.

Revised: 02/27/01