following FAQs address primarily ILL services processed
through Founders Library.
Users of Health Sciences and Law libraries will consult their respective
is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a process whereby libraries share resources with
each other, either by borrowing from, or lending to each other. Resources
include monographs, periodic literature articles and other library related
2. Who may request an interlibrary
IILL is available to all Howard University students, faculty, and staff.
3. What materials can be
borrowed through ILL?
Most circulating library materials may be borrowed through ILL. These include
monographs, journal articles, microfilms, microfiche, videotapes and other
4. When can ILL be used
to borrow materials?
ILL may be used whenever a needed book is not available at a Howard University
library, is missing from the shelve, or is checked out and will not be returned
in time to meet your need. You must first check the library catalog for availability
before placing an ILL request.
5. How long will it take
to receive the material?
The time involved in processing interlibrary loan varies, depending on the
lending library, the mailing service and the availability of the material
itself. For items borrowed from a CIRLA library,
allow at least five days from the time your request is received in Founders
Library; at least two weeks for items borrowed from other lending libraries.
6. How do you know when
your material is received?
The library will call or email you when the material is received. It is important
to leave your working phone and any alternate phone numbers so the library
can contact you.
7. Where do you pick up
your requested material?
All ILL materials must be picked up at the circulation desk of the Founders
Library. When finished, books must be returned to staff at the Circulation
Desk. Please do not place ILL materials in the book drops on campus. There
is a time limit agreement between the lending libraries and Howard University
8. Can a book borrowed
through ILL be renewed?
Loan periods are set by the lending library. Most libraries will grant an
extension on the due date if the material is not being requested by other
patrons. Extension or renewal must be made by the ILL staff three days to
the date due. Therefore, if you want to renew a material obtained through
ILL, you must present it to the library three days before the due date.
9. What does it cost to
renew a book?
Most renewals are free with the exceptions of materials obtained through
special document delivery system like CISTI.
10. What is the charge
Charges for articles and other materials are dependent on the lending library.
Costs for articles range between $9.00 to $15.00. Occasionally, it is more,
depending upon the location of the article and the policy of the lending
11. How much does it cost
to borrow a book?
Howard University Libraries ILL does not charge for processing ILL requests
for students, faculty and staff. However, when special document delivery
services are used, fees apply. These fees will be passed to the borrower.
12. Is there a limit to
what you may borrow through ILL?
YES. There is a limit of 10 articles per week per patron. Requests in excess
of the stipulated amount must be approved by appropriate library administrator.
13. Where do I return ILL
Items that must be returned to the lending library (books, videos, etc) must
be returned promptly to the Founders Library Circulation Desk. Do not
leave the returned items in a bookdrop. Deliver them to the library
14. How long may I keep
the ILL materials?
Loan dates vary and are dependent on the lending library. Loan dates range
from 3-6 weeks. Due dates are stamped on the slip accompanying the item.
15. What is required for
me to place an ILL request?
A valid HU CAPSTONE ID is required when placing or receiving interlibrary
The Founders Library
500 Howard Place,
Washington DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-5716 | Fax:
(202) 806-4622 | Email: ILL@howard.edu
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