Interlibrary Loan Request Form & FAQ
To submit your interlibrary loan requests:
Interlibrary loan services are governed by United States copyright laws.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. 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. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.
What is ILL? And...when should I submit an ILL request?
ILL is a service that allows Salem's patrons to borrow materials that are not accessible from Salem's collections from libraries throughout the United States (and from other countries, if necessary).
Request items through ILL only when the item is not available from Salem's physical or online collections. See, "what types of materials may I request?"Since it may take up to (10) days for your items to arrive, please do not submit ILL requests for items needed immediately. Instead, ask a reference librarian for assistance with your research topic.
Before submitting a request for a book:
Check the shared NC-PALS catalog - place a hold for items belonging to Bennett, Greensboro, or Guilford Colleges using the "place a request" feature within the catalog
→ Before submitting a request for a journal article:
Check "SFX" to determine if the journal is either available in Salem's print periodicals holdings -or- is indexed in full text through a Salem resource within the date range of your publication
Who do I contact for assistance with ILLs?
Please direct your ILL inquiries to Elizabeth Novicki, Public Services Librarian: email@example.com ♦ 917-5420. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will it cost me to borrow via ILL?
There is a $5.00 per item processing fee for Interlibrary Loan materials, including copies of journal articles and book chapters. This fee will be waived if the item is picked up within 10 days of notification that the item has arrived in Gramley Library.
Overdue ILL items incur fines of $1.00 per day.
What types of materials may I request?
Most types of materials may be requested via ILL for the purpose of supporting your academic research needs, including books, articles, and audio-visual materials. Bear in mind, most libraries do not lend reference books and special collection materials; there is a limited number of libraries that will lend audio-visual materials.
Items that CANNOT be ordered via ILL:
- Assigned course materials such as textbooks, reading lists, and reserve items
- Materials that are available for loan from the NC-PALS system
- Articles that are available from Salem's print and online resources
- E-Books and computer software
When will my ILL materials arrive?
Allow at least (2) weeks for delivery. Because we cannot guarantee a quick turnaround time from the lending library, there is no "rush delivery" available. Your item(s) will be held for you at the circulation desk when they arrive.
How will I be notified that my materials are available?
All ILL notifications are sent by EMAIL - including due date reminders. Please monitor your email address with regularity after submitting your ILL requests.
Can I borrow books from Wake Forest? Other Triad area libraries?
Currently enrolled Salem College students and currently employed faculty and staff may borrow books directly from Wake Forest's Z. Smith Reynolds Library, as well as 9 other academic libraries in the Triad region. See "TALA" for more information. ILL requests may still be submitted if you prefer for items to be mailed to Gramley Library.