About Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

No library can possibly own all the titles its patrons will want to read. Therefore libraries cooperate with each other so that their resources can be shared. Interlibrary Loan is a transaction in which one library can obtain materials it does not own from other cooperative institutions. This material is requested for the use of a single individual, and may take the form of books, microforms or photocopies of materials. Interlibrary Loan cannot be used to borrow textbooks.

Who May Borrow Through Interlibrary Loan?

Only current faculty, staff, and students at Wayne State College may use Interlibrary Loan Services. Persons who are not affiliated with the college should make requests through their public or school library.

What May Be Borrowed?

Usually you can borrow the same kinds of materials through Interlibrary Loan that you can borrow from our Library. Most libraries will not lend the following types of materials: Dissertations and thesis, popular new titles, reference materials (sometimes photocopies can be made), rare books, manuscripts and archival materials, periodicals and newspapers (photocopies of articles will usually be provided, although availability may be restricted by the Copyright Law) and media materials (video recordings, sound recordings, etc.)

How Does Interlibrary Loan Work?

Please submit requests using the online form available above. If you have questions please stop at the Circulation Desk in the Library.. When requesting periodicals, be sure to write out the entire title of the periodical, do not use abbreviations. Be sure to check the WSC online catalog and Journal Finder before submitting a request. Only one item may be requested on each form. Complete personal information must be provided so we can contact you regarding your request. If you do not have all the necessary information about an item, it will be more difficult for us to locate other libraries which own it.

How Long Does It Take?

Your request will usually take 1-3 weeks to obtain. If the material is available within the state of Nebraska, you may receive the request more quickly. If you need the material by a certain date, indicate this on your request. No requests will be processed which are needed in less than 1 week.

How Much Does It Cost?

Generally, there is no charge for book loans. Cost of photocopied material varies. Libraries within the state of Nebraska do not charge for photocopies unless there are more than 10 pages. However, libraries outside of Nebraska often have a minimum charge which varies from $5 to $20. They may also charge per page in addition to the minimum charge. A rule of thumb would be to plan on paying 20 cents per page for photocopies. If you do not wish to spend more than a certain amount on the article, you may indicate this on your request.

How Will I Know When The Material Has Arrived?

When the material arrives, you will be notified by telephone or email. Materials can be picked up at the Circulation Desk. You may inquire there even if you have not been notified of arrival.

How Long Can I Keep It?

The loan period is determined by the lending library and is usually 3 weeks. Lending libraries often discourage renewals. A renewal request by phone or in person must be made 4 days in advance of the due date. There will be a 25 Cent per day charge on every overdue book.

Where Do I Pick Up and Return Materials?

Materials are picked up and returned to the Circulation Desk in the library.

Click here for the Online Interlibrary Loan Request Form

For assistance, please contact:

Terri Headley
Conn Library
(402) 375-7399