Interlibrary Loan (ILL) locates
and borrows material not owned by the Howard University
ILL is available to all Howard
University faculty, students, and staff. Requests are processed
at the Founders Library for all Main Campus and East Campus
patrons, except health Sciences. Health Sciences (Medicine,
Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health) and Law
School patrons should contact their respective libraries:
Phone: (202) 884-1507
Fax: (202) 884-1506
Phone: (202) 806-88045
Fax: (202) 806-8412
Types of Materials That
May Be Borrowed
- Generally, materials
that are in circulation, missing or otherwise not owned
by the Howard University Libraries may be obtained through
- Most circulating books,
microfilms, dissertations and theses, conference proceedings,
photocopies of articles from journals and periodical literature.
- Types of materials available
through Interlibrary Loan are governed by conditions set
forth in the National
Interlibrary Loan Code (1993), and the published
policy of the lending libraries.
Theses and Dissertations
- Theses and Dissertations
by Howard University Students may be consulted at the
Moorland Spingarn Research Library. Please see
Library Rules and Regulation.
- Theses and Dissertations
from other institutions may be obtained for a fee from
Dissertations Express. Please consult library staff for
- Patrons must present
a current Howard University CAPSTONE ID when submitting
and picking up an ILL request.
- No more than 10 ILL requests
may be submitted by a patron at a time.
Procedure for Requesting
- Interlibrary loan request
forms are available to Howard University students, faculty
and staff at the Circulation desk in any of the University
- Before requesting an
item through ILL, check the holdings through the STERLING
on-line Catalog or see the reference librarian.
- Patron must complete
an ILL form and submit to Library Staff. Forms must
be completely filled out for timely processing of the
may submit requests online using the ILL Online Request
Forms, or by e-mail to ILL@howard.edu.
HU-affiliated persons only may use this service
- When e-mailed, requests
must include requestor’s full name, address, phone number
and CAPSTONE ID number. It must also include full bibliographic
citation for the material needed.
- For books, include: Author,
title, edition, year of publication and the ISBN if known.
- For journal articles,
include: Journal title, volume, issue, date of publication
and pages, as well as the author’s name, and the title
of the specific article.
- All special requests
requiring a fee or fees that are not covered by Howard
University must be signed by the patron.
- Patron will be notified
by telephone, e-mail or campus mail once the material
is received by ILL.
- ILL materials must be
picked up from, and returned to the Circulation Desk at
the Founders Library.
the Use of ILL Materials
- Patrons are required
to comply with any restrictions placed on ILL materials
by the lending library.
- Any material restricted
for “Library Use Only” must be used on site and returned
to the circulation desk. Staff may keep ID while material
is being used.
- Due dates are determined
by the lending libraries. Borrowed materials should
be returned no later than the due date. Renewals
should be requested only in unusual circumstances and
at least four days prior to the due date. No renewals
will be permitted on or after the due date. All materials
on loan are subject to immediate recall by the lending
- The borrower must comply
with all regulations and restrictions placed on material
by the lending libraries including loan period, renewal,
- The borrower assumes
financial responsibility for the replacement of materials
lost or damaged while in his/her possession. Failure
to return material borrowed through ILL and /or failure
to pay replacement charges will result in the suspension
of the patron’s borrowing privileges in the Howard University
Interlibrary Loan Charges
- Howard University Libraries
has reciprocal agreements with CIRLA, HBCUs, WRLC, and
other libraries and institutions for free and expeditious
- Materials not available
from these institutions may be ordered from other lending
or document delivery sources at a fee..
- Charges will be passed
on to the borrower. Please note that fees vary according
to the policies of the lending Institutions and Document
Delivery Services. Minimum ILL charges range between $8.00
- The borrower must pay
in advance by a certified check or money order addressed
to the lending library.
- Patron will be charged
for lost or damaged items as designated by the lending
library or institution, plus a fifty-dollar ($50.00) non-refundable
- Failure to pay charges
will result in collection through the Treasurer’s Office
and in suspension of the patron’s library privileges.
Transfer of Funds
Academic departments can arrange
to transfer funds via Service Request to Howard University
Libraries for the purpose of interlibrary loan transactions.
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 other archives
are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.
One of these conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction
is not to be ‘used for any purpose other than private
study, scholarship, or research.’ If the user
makes a request for and later uses a copy or reproduction
for purposes in excess of ‘fair use’, that user
may be liable for copyright infringement.”
restrictions and charges may apply. Howard
University Libraries reserves the right to use its
discretion to refuse any ILL request that violates
the copyright stipulation
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