Your InterLibrary Loan item will have a printed slip inserted in it that contains the citation and lending information. The slip will have the due date written on it. You will receive an automated email a few days before your item is due informing you of your upcoming due date. If your InterLibrary Loan item is overdue you will receive an overdue notice via email.
McGovern Library charges overdue fines for InterLibrary Loan materials returned late. The reason is because the InterLibrary Loan item belongs to another library, and we are responsible for returning it on time.
If you lose or somehow damage your InterLibrary Loan item, the lending library will determine the replacement fee. Such fees often include a processing fee for the inconvenience of the lending library having to purchase and process a replacement copy.
Loan periods depend entirely on the lending library. InterLibrary Loan periods can be as short as two weeks and as long as three months. Items can be recalled at anytime prior to the due date by the lending library.
McGovern Library does not charge for this service. We always attempt to borrow materials from other libraries that do not charge.
In some cases the item requested may be located only at large or from research university libraries that charge for InterLibrary Loans. In instances where the item is held only by libraries that charge we pass on the lending library's fee to the borrower. We always ask you if you're willing to pay the fee before we submit the request to the lending library. If you are unwilling to pay the lending library's fee we will gladly help you locate other sources to use.
You can request Books, Blu-Rays, DVDs, CDs, Scores, Journal and Magazine Articles, Book Chapters, etc. You can also request items that are owned by McGovern Library that are currently checked out or on reserve (if you need the item for a longer period).
Make sure to check out the Library Catalog to see if the library already owns the item.