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About Interlibrary Loan

Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to receive books, articles, and other materials from libraries all across the country. The NSC Library’s ILL staff can locate, request, and obtain items that are unavailable at NSC. ILL is a free service for all NSC students, faculty, and staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may use ILL?

NSC faculty, staff, and currently registered students.

What can I request through ILL?

Journal articles, newspaper articles, books, and other library items. Textbooks are not available from Interlibrary Loan.

How long does it take to receive materials?

Most items can be delivered within 1-2 days, but it’s very important to plan ahead when submitting your requests. The time it takes to receive your material depends on many factors.

How will I know when my requests have arrived?

Articles will be emailed to the email address you have provided. In the case of a book, you will be notified by phone or email when ILL material is available for pickup at the Circulation desk of the Marydean Martin Library. If your ILL item is not picked up within 14 days, it will be returned to the lending library.

How much will this cost me?

The library provides Interlibrary Loan services free of charge to our patrons. You are responsible for any charges for overdue and billed books, which, if charged by the lending library, may include a non-refundable billing fee for books that are returned late.

Are there any restrictions on interlibrary loan materials?

The Marydean Martin Library will make every effort to locate and obtain requested materials on your behalf. However, requests for very recently published materials, DVDs, dissertations, or rare items may be difficult to fill due to copyright restrictions, a lack of libraries willing to lend the item, or other conditions that are out of our control. Textbooks for in-class use should not be requested through ILL. ILL staff will notify you if there are problems filling your request.

How do I return an ILL?

Borrowed materials should be returned to the NSC Library service desk. Please leave the any stickers or book bands on the items so they are clearly marked as ILL materials.

How do I renew ILL items?

What happens if my ILL materials are overdue?

You are responsible for your ILL materials. If they are overdue, library privileges may be blocked until you return the items and pay any fines charged by the lending library. You will be charged for seriously overdue or lost items.​ Failure to return materials on time jeopardizes our borrowing privileges with other libraries.

How long can I use my ILL materials?

The lending library sets the loan period and may also set special conditions on the use of ILL materials. In general: