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Honors Program Research Guide: Interlibrary Loan

Office Hours and Location

Monday through Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Nights and weekends: contact the Reference Desk at 251-460-7025.

Pickup and return ILL materials at the Reference Desk on the 2nd Floor North.

Phone: 251-460-7034

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About Interlibrary Loan

Researchers who delve deeply into a subject area may find that, despite the wide array of resources available through the Marx Library, occasionally they will need items that we do not have. When that happens, the Marx Library can usually get the needed books or journal articles through Interlibrary Loan.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan allows a library to borrow needed items from another library for you.

How do I request something on Interlibrary Loan?

To use Interlibrary Loan, you will need to setup an ILLiad account. Complete the First Time User Registration form. Any field with a red asterisk (*) by iit is a required field. The form will not process if there is nothing in one of these fields.
Login and fill out the request form for the item type that you need. These include:

  1. Photocopy/Article
  2. Book
  3. Book chapter

How Much Does Interlibrary Loan Cost?

If we can get the item from another Alabama library or from a library with which we have an agreement, there is no charge for ILL. If there is a charge, we will let you know beforehand, and you can choose whether or not you want us to obtain the item for you.

For complete information, see the Marx Library Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery page.

Materials Which Cannot Be Requested Through ILL

Materials generally not available on interlibrary loan:

  1. Books owned by the USA Libraries but charged out. These can be recalled at the Circulation Desk or online (see Circulation Policies for instructions.)
  2. Unique copies of theses or dissertations. Most dissertations can be purchased by the patron from University Microfilms.
  3. Newspapers or manuscripts, unless available in positive microfilm.
  4. Textbooks currently being used for USA courses.
  5. Whole volumes or issues of journals.
  6. Records, tapes, films, software, and other fragile materials.
  7. Materials for class reserve or group use.
  8. Archival, genealogical, and local history materials.
  9. Items of unusual value or rarity.
  10. Recreational reading titles.