Q. What is interlibrary loan and can I use it?



Inter-Library Loan

Delaware County Community College's Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service procures materials that are not currently owned by the Learning Commons. Here are some quick links to frequently asked questions about ILL:

Who may request an ILL?

This service is available to all registered students and currently employed staff and faculty. Students, faculty, and staff who are completing research not related to College coursework or to a College job are asked to place the ILL request at another library. All requests are subject to approval by a librarian.

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How do I submit a request if I'm enrolled at the Marple campus?

First, ask a librarian to help you search the College's online catalog, online periodical databases, and Internet sources to see if the desired items are available. The Learning Commons may subscribe to a newspaper or magazine/journal online. For more information on how to access the Learning Commons' online magazines/journals, click here. If the desired item is not available, then you will need to fill out an Inter-Library Loan Request Form. Students will be asked to obtain a signature from their professor verifying that the request is for a class assignment.

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If I attend classes at another College branch (other than the Marple campus), how do I submit a request?

Students attending at branch campuses receive the same ILL services as the Marple Campus. Requests may be placed online by submitting the Inter-Library Loan Request Form. When the item arrives from the lending library, it will be sent to the originating Learning Commons or, if requested, it may be picked up at the Marple Campus Learning Commons.

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What items may I request?

Books, periodical articles, and audiovisual materials may be requested. [Note: many libraries do lend audiovisual materials.]

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What may I not request?

Textbooks on reserve currently used for class, reference materials (libraries generally do not lend reference materials), or a book that is checked out may not be requested.

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What is the maximum number of requests?

The maximum number is five ILL requests per person at a time. Part-time faculty and staff are limited to five items per semester.

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How long does it take?

Requested materials may take as many as two to three weeks to arrive. However, articles sent via fax or the Internet may take less time. Because we are dependent upon the lending library’s response and delivery services (U.S. Mail, UPS) we cannot be held responsible for any delayed or unfilled requests. Therefore, it is best to request your items well in advance.

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Is there a borrowing charge?

Currently the Learning Commons attempts to receive ILLs without a fee by attempting to borrow from non-charging libraries. However a lending library may issue a charge of up to $20, in which case you will be asked to accept or decline the charges before the request is fulfilled.

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Is there an overdue fee?

Due dates are strictly enforced. There is a two-day grace period from the indicated due date on the yellow slip. You may request a renewal within a week prior to the due date. If a renewal date is not requested and the item is returned after the due date and the two-day grace period, a minimum fee of $10 will be assessed.

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How will I be informed my request has arrived?

The ILL department will call or email you. If you do not hear from us within seven days call us at 610-359-5149.

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Where do I pick up my requested items?

A valid Delaware County Community College ID is necessary for all requests to be completed. On main campus, ILL items may be picked up at the circulation desk in the Learning Commons. At other branch locations, ILL items may be picked up at the Learning Commons. If an ILL has been obtained by the “needed by” date, and the item is not picked up by the due date, the item will be returned and a fee of $10 will be assessed.

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How do I return ILLs?

ILLs must be returned on time and in good condition to the circulation desk of the Marple Campus Learning Commons or to a Learning Commons at a branch location. You are responsible for any overdue or damaged material fees assessed by the lending library.

Failure to comply with ILL policy may result in the holding of grades and records, and/or the revocation of ILL service privileges.

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  • Last Updated Apr 21, 2017
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  • Answered By Eleanor Goldberg

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