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Interlibrary Loan

A guide to obtaining books, articles, scores, and other material that is not owned the Roosevelt University Library

Interlibrary Loan Policy

Roosevelt University Library Interlibrary Loan Policy

Interlibrary loan (often referred to as ILL) is an agreement among libraries to share materials by lending and borrowing items to one another. This service is intended to compliment and supplement the Library’s collection to meet the information and research needs of the registered Roosevelt University Library user.

The Roosevelt University Library is a member of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) that provides the software, guidelines, maintenance, and network for libraries across the United States and the world. Library staff follows these guidelines set by OCLC that are based on the American Library Association Interlibrary Loan Code in which determines and governs all interlibrary loan transactions under the guidelines set by the State of Illinois Library. As such, the Roosevelt University Library participates in the ILLINET program and follows the guidelines set by the state when lending and receiving materials with other libraries, not part of the I-Share system, across the State of Illinois. https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/lda130.pdf

LENDING

Roosevelt University Library materials will be loaned to other libraries through interlibrary loan after they have been in the collection for sixty days or removed from the “New Books” displays. This is to ensure equable access to new materials for registered Roosevelt University Library users. The loan period for interlibrary loan materials is 28 days. Materials loaned to other libraries can be renewed up to two times if no registered Roosevelt University Library user needs the item(s).

Materials not available to lend through interlibrary loan are videos, DVDs, CDs, newspapers, magazines, items on reserve, textbooks, local request items, course packets, software, equipment, reference materials, items in the university archives, or specialty/rare items. Library staff will not recall RU Library owned materials already checked out by another Roosevelt Library or CARLI user for interlibrary loan. The Roosevelt University Library will not lend items internationally.

BORROWING

All registered Roosevelt University Library users may utilize interlibrary loan services. Interlibrary loan privileges are not available to alumni and non-Roosevelt community members. Interlibrary loan services are free to all Roosevelt students, faculty, and staff members.

The Roosevelt University Library utilizes a software package maintained by OCLC named Tipasa to fulfill all interlibrary loan article requests and book requests that cannot be filled though I-Share. All Roosevelt University Library users must have an ILLiad account to request materials through interlibrary loan. 

Requested materials for interlibrary loan must be requested first through I-Share if available. (See ILDS Lending Policy) Library staff will deny material requests from ILLiad if the items are available through I-Share. If items are not available through I-Share, materials will always be requested first from local, state, and national libraries before sending the request internationally. Library staff cannot guarantee the time for filling a request and may cancel a request when all possible lending sources have been exhausted or no library is able to supply the material.

Roosevelt University Library users will be notified via their Roosevelt University email address when items have arrived. All items are expected to be returned on time and in the same condition as received. Due dates and renewals are determined by the lending library, and Roosevelt University library staff do not have control over those lending policies.

Roosevelt University Library users are responsible for paying all fees assessed by the lending library due to late, lost or damaged items. Additional interlibrary loan requests will not be accepted until these costs are paid in full. If Interlibrary Loan materials become 10 business days overdue then the patron will be suspended of all library privileges and a registration hold will be placed on their university account. Borrowing patrons are responsible for any and all overdue fees incurred due to overdue material. No overdue fines will be waived.

Interlibrary loan is a courtesy provided by the lending library and any conditions of use imposed by that library must be strictly observed. All items are subject to immediate recall by the lending library.

TEXTBOOKS

The Roosevelt University Library understands that the cost of textbooks is high. Although the Library does allow patrons to place ILL requests for certain required course reading material, we are unable to borrow required textbooks via Interlibrary Loan. Why?

  • Interlibrary Loan should be used for supplementing your research, and is not a substitute for buying required textbooks.

  • Attempts to borrow current editions of textbooks sometimes takes many weeks and are frequently unsuccessful.

  • Interlibrary loan due dates are short and will not cover a full semester use. If you attempt to keep an ILL book for a whole semester overdue fees could add up to be greater than the original cost of the book.

The Interlibrary Loan Office will only request materials needed for scholarly research, and Interlibrary Loan staff reserve the right to cancel requests that do not fall into this category.

I-Share Lending and Borrowing Policy

The Roosevelt University Library is a member of a library resource sharing cooperative named the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). The CARLI consortium is a network of academic libraries around the state of Illinois that share materials through a common catalog (I-Share) and library book delivery system (ILDS). Through the consortium, libraries routinely utilize the delivery system to share materials with each other when items are needed by their own registered users. The Roosevelt University Library participates in sharing and requesting materials with other CARLI libraries. This service is intended to compliment and supplement the Roosevelt University Library’s existing collection to meet the information and research needs of the registered Roosevelt University Library user.

LENDING

Roosevelt University Library materials will be loaned to other libraries through the I-Share cooperative after they have been in the collection for sixty days or removed from the “New Books” displays. This is to ensure equable access to new materials for registered Roosevelt University Library users. The loan period for I-Share materials is 28 days. Materials loaned to other libraries can be renewed up to two times if no registered Roosevelt University Library user needs the item(s).

Materials not available to lend through interlibrary loan are videos, DVDs, newspapers, magazines, items on reserve, textbooks, course packets, software, equipment, reference materials, items in the university archives, or specialty/rare items. Library staff will not recall RU Library owned materials already checked out by another Roosevelt Library user.

BORROWING

All registered Roosevelt University Library users may utilize ILDS services free of charge. I-Share privileges are not available to alumni and non-Roosevelt community members. All Roosevelt University Library users must have an I-Share account to request materials from participating libraries. To create an account, check a request status or to renew items checked out through I-Share, please visit: https://i-share.carli.illinois.edu/all/vf/

Library staff cannot guarantee the time for filling a request. Roosevelt University Library users will be notified via their Roosevelt University email address (provided when signing up for an I-Share account) when items have arrived. Items requested via I-Share will be held at the circulation desk of the user’s choice for three weeks. Items on hold longer than three weeks will be returned back to their home libraries. All loaned items are expected to be returned on time and in the same condition as received. Lending libraries may charge for lost or damage

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Chicago, Illinois 60005
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Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
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