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Interlibrary Loan



Interlibrary loan (ILL) provides current students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to obtain books, journal articles, and other resource materials which are not available through the library's collections. ILL allows the library to supplement its collections and enhance research opportunities. The maximum number of books that may be requested via ILL depends upon your status. See the Borrowing & Renewing page for more information. Before submitting an ILL request, carefully check existing resources on the library website.


Interlibrary loan offices are CLOSED evenings and weekends, as well as for College holidays. Requests are reviewed and processed only during regular business hours.

Processing and shipping times vary. Please allow 5 business days for your request to be processed. Books may take up to 10 business days after processing to arrive. Articles may take up to 5 business days after processing to arrive.

Same-day or next-day requests will not be processed.

Please ensure you are not requesting an item you have previously requested via interlibrary loan, as this delays processing time.

Students may submit a maximum of 3 requests per day and a maximum of 15 requests per week.

Textbooks are unavailable through interlibrary loan.

All interlibrary loan communication must be facilitated through your LCU email address.



Generally, materials are provided to the user at no cost. Some lending libraries may require a fee for items requested and the ILL staff will communicate with you in such instances.

Individuals failing to retrieve items borrowed from another library after 7 days will be charged a $5.00 fee in addition to any lending charges. ILL borrowing privileges will be suspended until payment is made.



In most instances, a link to request items via interlibrary loan will be present in the database. In cases where no ILL request link or form is available, please use one of the forms below.