Request Types and Limits
Interlibrary loan is a service provided to current Hollins students, faculty and staff. Materials commonly obtained via Interlibrary Loan include: books, articles, book chapters, films, sound recordings, and theses.
NOTE: we cannot order
- Textbooks or required texts for classes. ILL cannot serve as a substitute for purchasing these items for two reasons:
- 1) We can’t support the volume of requests that would create (getting textbooks for everyone).
- 2) Most libraries do not purchase textbooks because they go out of date so quickly, so it’s unlikely that anyone would be able to fulfill your request.
- Items already owned by this library. Please check the online catalog for books, or Journal Finder for periodical titles and dates before initiating an ILL request.
Films, sound recordings, and theses may take a longer time to borrow, because of limited availability and/or some libraries’ inability to lend these materials.
If you need other types of material, such as entire issues of periodicals, music or play scripts, newspapers, reference books, or microfilm, please contact the ILL coordinator about such a request. Because other libraries are often not able to lend these materials, we may have to make special arrangements to borrow them.
The conditions of inter-library loan services are set by national and regional codes as well as by the policies of each lending library. Please consult a reference librarian about any material not held by this library: we will help you consider all of the possible sources.
How many requests may I make?
We do not limit the number of requests you may make; if placing a large number of requests (>10) at one time, please help us by indicating priority. We may contact you to confirm your need for certain materials, particularly if materials are difficult to obtain or you have submitted a large number of requests.
Are there charges?
Interlibrary loan is usually free. We always order from free lending libraries that own the particular material. If there are no free lending libraries, we may email you regarding any costs before proceeding.
NOTE: You are liable for any charges related to overdue, lost or damaged items.
Because ILL violations affect our borrowing privileges for all Hollins users, any charges for violations must be paid promptly. Fine amounts are determined by the lending library, and in accordance with the National ILL guidelines, the lending library may impose additional fees to cover the administrative costs of replacing items.