What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides materials that are not available in the David W. Howe Memorial Library.
Who can use ILL?
All University of Vermont faculty, staff, students and visiting scholars currently employed/registered with the University are eligible to request material.
How do I request an ILL?
You can request an ILL by using the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system. Logon here.
How much does ILL cost?
Currently, there is no cost. Should a fee be necessary, you would be contacted via email before the item is ordered.
How long does ILL take?
- The material is usually ordered 1-2 business days after the request is received. The only exception is during the Winter Break in December.
- Copies usually arrive in 3-5 business days, unless we can get through the RapidILL service or other expedited services.
- Loans usually arrive in 7-14 business days.
- Material that is difficult to obtain (e.g. media, rare items, etc.) may take much longer.
To check on the status of your request login to your ILLiad account here.
What types of material can I request through ILL?
Any material not owned by the UVM libraries can be ordered. Users who have long-term need of publications can recommend a purchase. Items that are in use may be recalled.
What cannot be borrowed through ILL?
Class textbooks/required material cannot be ordered through ILL. Textbooks should be purchased. Read the policy
Although we will attempt to fill almost any other request submitted, the following types of material often are difficult to obtain and will take longer through interlibrary loan: reference sets, whole periodical issues, a/v materials, software, genealogy, test materials, maps, unpublished works, rare materials. Requests for this type of material will be processed, but owning libraries could decide not to loan the material. If that is the case, you will be notified via email.
Archival material usually cannot be ordered through interlibrary loan. Please contact the interlibrary loan office with questions about archival material.
How do I cancel an ILL request?
Log into your ILLiad account.
Click on the Transaction Number
Click the red Cancel link at the top of the page
If Cancel does not appear, contact the ILL office
Where do I pick up my material?
When the material arrives, you will be notified via e-mail. Items to be picked up are held at the Circulation Desk, David W. Howe Memorial Library. Loans cannot be sent through campus mail.
Articles are sent electronically. To view articles, log in to your ILLiad Account.
How long can I keep my material?
For books and other loaned items, the due date is always set by the lending library and may be recalled by the lending library at any time. Material cannot be kept for the entire semester. The due date is indicated on the band on the material. Unless otherwise indicated, renewals may be possible. To ask for a renewal on your item, please log in to your ILLiad Account. For the renewal FAQ, click here.
What are overdue penalties?
- Material returned late is subject to a minimum $10.00 fine. - Recalled items are subject to a $20 fine.
Document Delivery FAQs
Due to COVID-19, the UVM Libraries are closed.
Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan can still retrieve electronic materials for you. We will be happy to fill any requests for copies of print journal articles or book chapters from the Howe Library and the Library Research Annex print collections. However, the Dana Medical Library Collection is closed and inaccessible at this time. Many dissertations can be purchased and delivered electronically.
We apologize that we cannot provide physical books and videos to patrons at this time.
Interlibrary Loan due date notices and fines are suspended at this time. We are proactively renewing books that are coming due.
Any questions, please contact email@example.com or call 802-656-2242
What can be requested?
- Book chapters and journal articles from the Howe Library main stacks and Library Research Annex.
- Book chapters and journal articles from the Howe Library microform collections.
- To go on hold at Circulation Desk for loan: Print books from the Howe Library main stacks and Library Research Annex.
Are there limits on what can be copied?
The Library has established copyright guidelines based on the copyright law of the United States and current practices in other academic libraries.
"The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research".
If a user makes a request for or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
In order to operate within the guidelines of "fair use" while striving to provide access to research materials, copyright policies for article and book chapter requests are as follows.
The Library will not scan:
- More than one chapter from a book.
- More than one article from a journal issue or newspaper.
- Articles or book chapters longer than 50 pages or more than 10% of the journal/book.
- Microfilm or microfiche scans longer than 30 pages.
- Material from Government Documents.
- Material from Special Collections.
- Materials on Course Reserve.
- Any request that violates the University of Vermont copyright policy.
Users who need more than one chapter from a book or one article from a journal issue are encouraged to visit the Library to use these materials in person.
How long does it take for material to arrive?
Items are usually delivered in 1-3 business days.
How will articles be delivered?
Articles will be delivered in PDF format to requestors' ILLIAD accounts. Users will receive an email notification when an article has been scanned and delivered to their account. Once delivered, articles are stored for 30 days, then DELETED from the server.
How do I place a request?
Requests are placed in your Illiad account. After logging in, choose Document Delivery request from the choices on the left-hand side and fill out the form with the citation information. A separate request must be placed for each article or chapter to be scanned. First-time Illiad users should register for an account here.
Address additional questions to Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery:
Location: David W. Howe Memorial Library, Room 313