If the University Libraries (Alkek, RRC, ARC) or the Schneider Music Library do not have the item you need readily available, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) will attempt to borrow a copy for you from another library. This is a free library borrowing service available to current Texas State students, faculty, and staff.
COVID-19 Update: Due to library closures and difficulty in borrowing items from other libraries at this time, we have temporarily ceased ILL borrowing of physical items. We will still continue processing article and chapter requests.
If the physical item you need is available for purchase and it is something the University Libraries should have in our collection, we recommend submitting a purchase request.
Typical turnaround time for a book is 9 to 12 days. Turnaround time for articles varies depending on format (hard copy or electronic) but averages 2 to 3 days.
Round Rock Campus (RRC)
Please indicate in your ILLiad account profile and on the request form RRC as the delivery location. Contact the RRC Library for additional assistance, 512.716.4700 or Ask a Librarian@RRC.
Please used ILLiad for article requests only. If you need to borrow a book the University Libraries does not own, please request it through your local public library. To request materials the University Libraries owns to be delivered to you, use the Distance Education Material Request form.
When electronic delivery is possible for article requests, you will be notified via email when the article is available to access.
Alkek Pickup and Return
You may pick up items at the Checkout Desk all hours Alkek is open. Please return items to the Checkout Desk.
RRC Pickup and Return
Pick up and return items at the Information Desk in the RRC Library, Avery Building, Room 255. You will be notified after an item arrives at the RRC Library.
Renewal of ILL Items
Renewals may be requested. However, they are granted at the discretion of the lending institution. Please request an extension several days before the material's due date in ILLiad.
Interlibrary Loan FAQ
Interlibrary Loan is restricted to current students, faculty and staff at Texas State University. If you are not currently affiliated with the university, please contact your nearest public library for interlibrary loan services.
Normal turnaround time for books to be received by ILL is approximately 9 to 12 days while difficult-to-locate items may take longer. Turnaround time for articles varies depending on format (hard copy or electronic) but averages 2 to 3 days.
No. ILL staff determine which library(ies) to contact in order to borrow the items.
Books, media, hard-copy articles:
Alkek: You may pick up and return items at the Checkout Desk all hours Alkek is open.
RRC delivery is possible as long as RRC is indicated as the delivery location within ILLiad request / profile. Please contact RRC Library Services for additional information 512-716-4700.
If you selected electronic delivery in your ILLiad account, articles are typically sent to your ILLiad account. Log into ILLiad and retrieve them online within your ILLiad account. However, not all lending libraries support electronic delivery. Therefore electronic delivery is not guaranteed.
Most libraries lend materials for two weeks, and renewals may be requested. However, renewals are at the discretion of the lending institution to grant renewals. Please request an extension several days before the material's due date.
Renewals are done by logging in to your ILLiad account. Please remember that renewal requests must be done at least three (3) days before the due date. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. Only one renewal request per item is allowed.
A notice is sent to patrons with overdue ILL material. If the item is not returned within one week from the date of the notice, the patron's ILL privileges are suspended, and a hold is placed on the patron's circulation record. Until the material is returned or paid for, the patron is unable to check out materials from the University Libraries, register for classes, or obtain a transcript. The patron is responsible for all charges assessed by the lending library.
Having excessive incidences of overdue items will result in the permanent revocation of Interlibrary Loan privileges.
Because books in the Wittliff Collections do not check out, you may request copies from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.
We do not recommend requesting textbooks.
If you do request textbooks and if we are able to get them, you must return them by the due date set by the lending library. You may request one renewal, if allowed by the lending library.
- Before making a request, check the library catalog or Periodical List to make sure that the material is not already available to you.
- Supply all information including title, author, publisher, date of publication, and edition.
- For periodical articles, provide the author, unabbreviated journal name, volume, date of the issue, and page numbers.
- Indicate the date after which material is no longer needed.
- Indicate the specific source of the citation.
- Indicate the maximum acceptable charge, ranging from "zero" to a dollar amount to "no limit".
Valuable time can be lost if ILL staff must contact you to approve fees, or to obtain additional information in researching rare/hard to find resources.
The Graduate Article Delivery Service (GrADS) allows graduate students to request articles from the library's print journal collection to be delivered to them electronically. All GraADS requests are submitted through your ILLiad account.