Interlibrary Loan

Request materials from other libraries.

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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that allows you to borrow books, journal articles, movies, and more from participating libraries worldwide. Simply request an item and we will find it for you!

Who can submit an ILL request?

Anyone associated with Bellevue University can request items through ILL, including current students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community users.

How do I submit a request?

Click the ‘Submit Request’ button at the top of the page and fill out our short request form.

How long does it take to receive a request?

Requests are usually processed within 24 hours. Most ILL items are received within 3-7 business days, subject to availability.

Does it cost anything?

There is a small shipping and processing charge per request, due at the time of pick-up.

Due to COVID-19, until further notice, all Interlibrary Loan shipping and processing charges for students will be waived. 

  • Faculty and staff requests – no charge
  • Articles emailed – $1.00 per article
  • Articles picked up on campus / faxed locally / intercampus mail – $1.00 per article
  • Articles mailed – $2.00 per article
  • Articles faxed locally – $1.00 per fax
  • Articles faxed long distance – $1.00 per page
  • Articles faxed internationally – $3.00 per page
  • Books sent by mail – $2.00 per book
  • Books picked up on campus / intercampus mail – $1.00 per book

How long can I borrow a loaned item?

The due date of an ILL item is determined by the lending library, and is generally three to four weeks. Each item will have a sleeve placed on the front cover giving the due date. Please keep this on the book and return it to the library by the date indicated. Usually a scanned copy need not be returned. Lending libraries may place restrictions on the use of any loaned item and may request that the item be returned prior to its due date.

Can I renew a loaned item?

Yes, unless the lending library has designated the material as non-renewable. Renewal requests should be made at least four days prior to the due date. There is a limit of two renewal requests for non-textbook items.

What happens if I damage or lose a loaned item?

Patrons take full responsibility for the materials borrowed for them. If materials are lost or damaged, the patron will be billed at the rate set by the lending library.

What happens if I return an item late?

Patrons are liable for all overdue fees charged by the lending library. If an ILL item is late, patrons will be contacted one week after the due date. When material is five weeks overdue, the Student Accounts office will be notified to charge the patrons account for the replacement cost of each item. Repeated delinquencies could result in discontinuation of ILL service.

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