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Inter-Library Loan Services

For questions about Interlibrary Loan requests, services, or policies, please contact Vicki Miner (601-968-5945) or Chris Cullnane (601-968-5947).

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
ILL obtains research material from other libraries that the Warren A. Hood Library does not own or provide to the BU community.

How do I request ILL material?
Fill out either the Request a Book/Book Chapter form or the Request an Article form. Before submitting a request, check the Belhaven Library catalog or Journal Finder A-to-Z to make sure the material is not already available to you.

How long does ILL take and how will I know when items arrive?
Allow 2-4 weeks - sometimes less, sometimes more. Pickup notices are emailed to you.

Where do I pick up/return ILL material?
ILL items may be picked up and returned at the Library Circulation Desk.

How long can I keep ILL items?
Lending libraries set the loan periods for ILL items -- generally one month. Due dues are written on the book band. Photocopies or electronic documents are yours to keep.

May I renew ILL material?
Renewal is often possible. Contact Vicki Miner (601-968-5945) or Chris Cullnane (601-968-5947).

Are there overdue fines?
Yes, each overdue ILL item incurs a $1.00/day charge, with no maximum fine.

Who may use ILL?
All Belhaven University students, faculty, and staff may use ILL. However, persons with restrictions due to fines, overdue books, and other circumstances may be blocked from ILL services until all library accounts are cleared.

What kinds of material may I request?
Books, book chapters, and periodical articles are the most common ILL requests. Please realize rare books, audiovisual materials, entire volumes or issues of periodicals, reference books, genealogical titles, and dissertations/theses are not usually available for loan. No text book requests will be filled.

What about copyright laws?
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 specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

How much does ILL cost?
ILL is free in most cases. You can indicate an amount you are willing to pay on the request form. You will be notified of any charges above the indicated amount before your ILL request is processed.

Is there a limit on how many requests I can make?
No, but the Warren A. Hood Library reserves the right the limit the number of requests filled for each person.