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Library Policy: InterLibrary Loan

What is ILL?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a system by which libraries request materials form, and supply materials to, other libraries. Its purpose is to obtain books and articles not available in the EGSC Library.

Who is eligible?

Currently enrolled or employed East Georgia State College students, faculty and staff.

Are there any fees?

Usually there is no cost for this service. If the lending library charges a substantial fee for a loan, we would have to discuss this issue with the requester. If you lose or damage materials that need to be returned, the EGSC Library will bill you accordingly.

How to request books.

If, after searching GIL@EGSC you don't find the title you need, you should search the GIL Universal Catalog (GILUC), which has the holdings of all the colleges in the University System of Georgia. The link to GILUC is found within GIL@EGSC. If you cannot find a specific title in GIL@EGSC, go to the EGSC Library website, click on How To, then Request Non-EGSC Material, fill out the appropriate ILL request form and submit it electronically. The person in charge of ILL will place the request for you. You will be notified by email when the item arrives.

How to request articles.

If, after searching full text databases on GALILEO you don't find the full text of an article, you should go to the EGSC Library website, Library Services, Interlibrary Loan Forms, Interlibrary Loan Articles Request, fill out the form and submit it electronically. The person in charge of ILL will request the article for you. You will be notified by email when the item arrives.

How long does it take?

Your photocopy or book could get here in 2 days, or may take as long as 3 weeks. The flow of requests depends on who owns it and whether or not it is on the shelf at the first library asked -- if not, the request automatically goes to the next library identified as an owner. Also, your answers to the questions of "needed by" and "no longer needed after" are important. Every effort is made to get your requests here within your time frame.

Where do I return the materials?

Return all books (not articles) to the Circulation Desk by the due date on the book band. The lending library determines the due date. Library staff must place renewals for items borrowed via Interlibrary Loan. It is best to use ILL material promptly and return it.