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Interlibrary Loan

How to borrow items from other libraries.

How Long Does It Take?

Items delivered electronically or by local courier service may be available within 2 days of the request date.

Other materials not available locally may take up to 2 weeks to arrive.

Please allow plenty of time for your research needs!

How and Where Do I Pick Up Book Loans?

You will receive an email at your Goucher email address when items are ready.

Books are held at the Service Desk on the main level (Level 3) of the library on the ILL shelf.

Note for graduate, non-resident students: Contact the Graduate/Distance Learning Librarian.

How Do I Get Requested Articles?

Articles from ILL may be emailed as an attachment or delivered via a Worldshare ILL link.

You will receive WorldShare ILL links by email.  Retrieve articles immediately and save them electronically for your use.

Please note the following time constraints:

  • Once a file is retrieved, it remains available for thirty days(30) days.After thirty days, the file will be removed from the Article Exchange site. Each document file can be retrieved a maximum of five(5) times for each URL/Password combination.
  • Files that are not retrieved remain available for 30 days following original request date. After 30 days, they are automatically removed from the Article Exchange site.
  • We do not reorder articles that were not retrieved in the allotted time period.

When Are Books Due?

The lending library sets the due date. From arrival at our library, there are usually 2-3 weeks before the item must be returned to the Service Desk (Level 3 of the library).

The due date is noted on the paper label or strap attached to the item.

DO NOT REMOVE this paper strap!

Problems, Renewals, Questions?

The lending library decides whether to grant further time.

Renewals are most likely to be approved if made the week BEFORE the due date.

Send your renewal request to: Include the title of the item and the ILL number recorded on its label/strap.

If our renewal request is denied, you MUST return the item to us promptly. 

We can then seek another copy if you request one. Consider photocopying pages before the due date. 

Overdue Policy

Overdue items penalize all of our borrowers.

Lending libraries may block us from making further ILL requests, and may lend items to us less often.

Any borrower with outstanding overdue items will not have any additional ILL requests filled until all overdue items have been returned.

Please be careful to request renewals on time and to return overdues promptly.

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