Interlibrary Loan for Faculty: What’s New

January 24th, 2019 by shelleysquid Leave a reply »

Welcome back all to campus! In case we haven’t met, I’m Shelley Carr the new Interlibrary Loan coordinator at Gleeson Library. I started in March of 2018, and have met some but not all of you. If you want to know more about me, feel free to check out my brief bio here.

Just in case you are unfamiliar, Interlibrary loan is the action and process of borrowing books, articles, and other materials from other libraries when an item isn’t available in our library. You can request myriad books, articles, audiovisual materials, theses & dissertations, and more from other academic libraries, public libraries, and cultural institutions from around the world.

I’m here to help, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are trying to source a journal article, book or other scholarly resource that’s tricky to find.

With introductions out of the way, there are a few things to know including an important change to our ILL policies for Faculty:

  • We always try to secure ILL requests at no cost to you. While this is our goal, and we’re quite successful at securing materials at no cost, this unfortunately is not always the case.
  • Interlibrary loan requests for faculty will now be covered up to 35$ per request. When making your ILL requests, please make sure you are listed as a faculty member so that I can be sure to include that max-cost of 35$.  
  • Interlibrary requests by students and staff are still paid by the requestor. If your department is willing to cover any requests for students/staff, you will need to arrange to reimburse them. I always try and get items for free, regardless of whether Gleeson is covering the cost or not, but any fees must be paid by the requesting student or staff member. As previously mentioned, filling out the max-cost field is important so we can meet your needs if we cannot find libraries willing to lend for zero cost.
  • I am now offering Interlibrary-loan-focused class visits and one-on-one meetings with faculty members. Do you feel like you are fielding a lot of questions from your students about filling out ILL requests or how it all works? I’d be happy to come to your class and give a brief walkthrough on requesting ILL items, either in tandem with your librarian liaison, or separately. I’d like to offer this as an option in support for your students, and to encourage better student research. Additionally, if you are a new faculty at USF this offer extends to you as well! I’d be happy to make a time to meet with you and show you around the library’s interlibrary loan and consortia lending options. It shouldn’t take more than twenty minutes.

Additionally, there is an Interlibrary loan guide on the Gleeson Library website here.

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a great semester! If you have any questions about anything related to Interlibrary borrowing, please don’t hesitate to email me at or call 415 (422)-5385. Please feel free to come by the library and introduce yourself!


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