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Interlibrary Loan

Please be aware that due to the number of libraries around the world restricting their Interlibrary Lending due to COVID-19, we may be slow to fill/unable to fulfill your requests. We will notify you as soon as possible, if that is the case.
The Interlibrary Loan department will be closed from 11/20 - 11/27. We will reopen Monday, November 30 at 8am. You may pick up ILL books at the HSSE iDesk on the 1st floor 11/23 - 11/25, 8am-5pm.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) supports the instructional, research, and scholarly activities of currently employed or enrolled West Lafayette faculty, staff, and students by obtaining research material (books, articles, book chapters, DVDs, microfilm, etc.) not owned by the Purdue University Libraries. Visitor cards do not include access to our Interlibrary Loan services.

Interlibrary Loan uses the ILLiad system for requesting materials. Materials requested through UBorrow will also be delivered through Interlibrary Loan and uses ILLiad for managing your requests. If you need help using the ILLiad system, please contact our office at (765) 494-2800 or email us at ill@purdue.edu.

What is UBorrow?

UBorrow is a special search interface to use for print books not found from the Purdue University Libraries. These print materials come from Big Ten libraries faster, for longer check out periods, and no recalls (unless the book is needed for course reserve by the lending library)!

Starting Spring 2020: you no longer need to search UBorrow. Simply place an ILL request (use the login link in the upper right-hand corner) and we will search UBorrow for you.

Requests

Place your requests using the secure ILLiad System. Active Purdue Career ID is required for login. If a Purdue Libraries book that you need is currently checked out, you may place an interlibrary loan request for it and we will borrow it from another library.

Delivery Methods

You will be notified when the material you requested is ready for pick-up or download. The chart below outlines how your request will be processed:

Document Type For Faculty/Staff For Students
Print book, report, dissertation, conference Proceeding We deliver the book to your office. The books will be held at the Interlibrary Loan Office in the HSSE Library. You will be notified when your items are available for pickup.
Articles, book chapters that are available electronically An electronic copy of the article or chapter will be posted to the ILL system. When the article is ready, you will receive an email message with instructions for accessing it.
Articles, book chapters that are only available in print An scanned copy of the article or chapter will be posted to the ILL system. When the article is ready, you will receive an email message with instructions for accessing it.

Special Exceptions for Fall 2020

For faculty/staff working 100% remotely and Fall 2020 Online Option Experience students, requesting physical materials: Provide your mailing address in the Additional Information box in the book request form and we'll mail your ILL book to you (if the book isn't Library Use Only). Since we have to wait for the books to be shipped to us first, please expect additional delays for mailing. Shipping available to the US and Canada only. You will be responsible for return postage.

More Information about our ILL Services

Turnaround Time

Turnaround Time depends on many variables. Here is current turnaround time information for items requested through interlibrary loan. (Delivery of locally-owned items differ. See Document Delivery section for service and eligibility details.)

Time Span Photocopies Book Loans
Filled within 5 days 64% 38%
Filled within 10 days 87% 81%
Filled within 15 days 97% 96%

Quantity of Requests

A user may submit as many requests as necessary. However, large numbers of requests from a single user may not all be processedat the same time.

Due Dates for Physical Material Loans

To avoid penalties, please return loans by the date indicated on the blue paper wrapped around your item. Materials can be returned to the drop box near the ILL Desk (HSSE Library, 2nd floor).

Renewals for Physical Material Loans

  • Renewals are often possible. Please place your renewal request online at least 3 days before an item is due. Online renewals cannot be placed on or after the due date. If the item is overdue, you will need to contact the ILL office at 494-2800 or ill@purdue.edu.
  • To request a renewal online, login to your Interlibrary Loan account. Click the “Checked Out Items” link in the menu on the left side of the page. Click the Transaction Number in front of the item you would like to renew. If the item is renewable, a red “Renewal Request” link will appear above the item information. Click the link to submit your renewal.
  • ILL staff will confirm the new due date by email usually a few days later when we have heard back from the lending library.

Penalties

ILL staff notify users of overdue material. Failure to return ILL material on time, or to respond to a recall notice in a timely manner, may result in the loss of ILL and/or library privileges, and may also incur charges to cover the cost of the material plus overdue and/or processing fees.

Copyright Compliance

The Interlibrary Loan office complies with the U.S. copyright law and reserves the right to refuse a copying request if, in the staff's judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of the copyright law.

Cost

The Libraries absorb the costs of most ILL transactions. In those rare cases when there would be a cost passed on to the requester, we will ask for your authorization in advance.

Document Delivery

The Libraries are pleased to offer comprehensive document delivery services for currently employed West Lafayette faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and currently enrolled students. Document Delivery services include scanning from Purdue-owned print materials and processing Purdue-owned print book requests via ILLiad through your My Account page. Document Delivery turnaround times may vary from the average during holidays and breaks.

If you request via ILL... ...you will get... ...within approximately
A book owned by Purdue The book delivered to your office (if faculty/staff/visiting scholar) or made available for picking up at HSSE (if student). 2-3 business days
An article or chapter available in print at Purdue An electronic copy of the article or chapter posted to a website. When the article is ready, you will receive an email message with instructions for accessing it. 2-3 business days
Material available electronically to Purdue affiliated users An electronic copy of the article or chapter posted to a website. When the material is ready, you will receive an email message with instructions for accessing it. 1 business day
*Some exceptions may apply
*Document Delivery turnaround times may vary from the average during holidays and breaks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does this service cost?
Nothing! The Libraries cover the cost of providing this service.
How do I place a request?
Click here for the request form.
Do I need to check in advance to see if an item is available on campus or not?
No, just place your request. Libraries staff will handle your request as an on- or off-campus request as needed.
Can I request eBooks through Interlibrary Loan?
Unfortunately, no. We can only deliver print books at this time. However, if we find print items available electronically (i.e. dissertations, archival materials, and other items) that are difficult to obtain in print via ILL, we will deliver PDFs to your account.
I'm on sabbatical away from the campus area. Will you mail a book to me?
Sorry, book delivery is only available to campus departments. Ask the university hosting your sabbatical work or a local public library about their interlibrary loan services. However, you can access electronic resources remotely (click here for details) or request electronic delivery of an article or chapter.
How do I return a physical item (book, DVD, etc.)?
If you're a distance student or working remotely, you can mail the item(s) back to us (you are responsible for return postage): Purdue Libraries ILL, 504 W State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907. If you're on campus, you can return your items to any book return box on campus in a library or using the book return accessible 24/7 at the north end of Stewart Center, facing Heavilon Hall (the return box is built into the building wall, next to the ADA doors).

Contact Us

Call the interlibrary loan/document delivery office at (765) 494-2800 or email us at ill@purdue.edu.

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ILL Hours Fall 2020

Mon-Thurs: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat-Sun: Closed
*Hours and turnaround times may vary during holidays and breaks.

Contact Us

765-494-2800
ill@purdue.edu