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Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Policies

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  • The purpose of interlibrary loan and document delivery is to borrow needed materials that are not available in the University Library for Texas State faculty, students, and staff. This includes materials that are checked out from the library’s general collection as well as materials that have limited access because they are housed in the Wittliff Collections.

    • An interlibrary loan is a transaction in which library material is made available by one library to another upon request.
    • Document delivery is a method of supplying articles in which an electronic database is searched and articles are selected, ordered, and sent to the requester via ILLiad or other method of transmission.


  • Interlibrary loan and document delivery are available to all faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students at Texas State University.

    • No charges are assessed (subject to fund availability) to the patron unless the material is damaged or lost.
    • There is a $1000.00 (paid by the library) total limit per patron for borrowing costs other than those associated with loss or damage.
    • A notice will be sent to patrons having overdue interlibrary loan material.
    • If the material is not returned within one week from the date of the notice, the patron’s interlibrary loan privileges will be suspended and a hold will be put on the patron’s circulation record.
    • Until the material is returned or paid for, the patron will be unable to check-out materials from the Alkek Library, register for classes or obtain a transcript.
    • The patron will be responsible for all charges assessed by the lending library.
    • Copies of articles may be obtained within 48 hours.
    • The average turnaround time for materials through interlibrary loan is 3 to 7 days.
    • In filling requests for copies of articles, the library complies with Title 17, Section 108 of the United States Code governing the reproduction of copyrighted works.
    • See circular 21, U.S. Copyright Office
    • Alkek Library is a member of the Copyright Clearance Center.