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What Is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that provides books and articles that our library may not own. Any current Goucher College  faculty, staff, or student with a valid library card can submit ILL requests -- provided there are no delinquent loans or overdue fines.


Borrowing Limits

Undergraduates in their first- through third years may place no more than 5 requests per day, 10 requests per week, and 25 requests per semester.

Seniors, graduate students and faculty may place more requests, but prior justification will be required in extreme borrowing cases.


What Can and Cannot Be Borrowed?

We do not borrow items listed in our catalog unless they are declared lost or checked out.

The following materials often are not available through ILL:

  • textbooks
  • recently published books
  • whole issues or volumes of periodicals
  • newspapers in their original paper form
  • reference books
  • rare books and manuscripts
  • maps
  • videos, DVDs, sound recordings, films

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What Will It Cost?

Usually, there is no charge, but some libraries do charge for lending.

Please indicate on the request form the highest fee you are willing to pay.

We will try to fill your request free of charge or at the lowest fee possible.

For senior thesis writers and graduate students, the library will purchase up to two articles per semester.

For faculty and staff, purchases will be determined case-by-case.


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