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Who is eligible to use Interlibrary Loan
Materials Available for Request through Interlibrary Loan
Materials not Available for Request through Interlibrary Loan
Are there copyright restrictions?

What is the difference between Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan?
Late Returns/Fees
Tips for Getting Faster Service

Who is eligible to use Interlibrary Loan

Current ASU Faculty, Staff and Students are eligible to request materials through Interlibrary Loan.

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Materials Available for Request through Interlibrary Loan

  • Any item not owned in any format by any ASU Library.  Items available for request include but are not limited to:
    • Books
    • Book chapters
    • Dissertations/Theses
    • Journal articles
      • Note: A limit of 3 articles from a single journal issue may be requested.
    • Media (CDs, DVDs, videos, microforms, etc.)
      • Note: Media items are more difficult to get.
  • Any item that has a status of the following in the ASU Libaries Catalog:
    • Missing
    • Lost
    • Damaged
    • At the bindery
    • Overdue recall
    • Note: When requesting one of these items, note on the ILLiad form that the book has one of these statuses.

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Materials Not Available for Request through Interlibrary Loan

  • Any material in any format that is owned by any ASU Library unless it is listed as Missing, Lost, Damaged or At the Bindery in the ASU Libraries Catalog.
  • Use the ASU Libraries Catalog to request books and media held at an ASU Library.
  • Electronic Resources
  • Textbooks
  • Materials for personal use 

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What is the difference between Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan?

  • Document Delivery handles the scanning of article/chapter requests of ASU owned materials. 
    • For more details about where you can request articles from, see the Document Delivery policy information.
  • Interlibrary Loan handles the retrieval of materials from libraries outside of the ASU system.

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  Are there copyright restrictions?

Interlibrary Loan reserves the right to return requests that do not comply with copyright laws of the United States (read below). Placing article/chapter requests through your ILLiad account implies that your request is in copyright compliance.

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.


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Late Returns/Fees

  • A $25 late fee plus a $150 replacement cost for the book are charged for items not returned by the due date.
  • The replacement fee is cancelled if/when the item is returned undamaged.
  • ILLiad accounts are immediately blocked when a book becomes overdue.  ASU Library accounts are blocked when a patron owes more than $10 in fines.
  • Overdue reminders are sent as a courtesy, and failure to receive one--for whatever reason--does not waive your responsibility for meeting each due date or paying subsequent fines.
    • You are responsible for keeping your email and mailing address current with the library.

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Tips for getting faster service

  1. Make sure that ASU does not own the title you need in any format using:
  2. Provide ISSN/ISBN number or OCLC number
    • When provided the processing of your request may be automated and not require staff intervention.
  3. Verify that your citation information is accurate.
    • Do not abbreviate the title of the publication.
    • Check your spelling and your citation!
      • Do not use special characters or diacritics.
      • These do not transfer into the ILLiad Request form.
  4. Choose the proper request form when submitting your request.
    • Using the proper form will help us find the correct item.
    • Do not submit several items on one request form.
    • Use the Notes field in the request form to provide addition that may be of use.
  5. When searching for books in the Worldcat Database, do not use the ILL button at the top of the Worldcat screen.
    • Use the icon to request the item through Interlibrary Loan.

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