InterLibrary Loan Policies
- Interlibrary loan is a service provided to IWU faculty, staff and students for research materials IWU does not own or provide access to. Interlibrary loan is not for general, leisure and popular reading, or textbooks.
- In order to provide fair and equal service to all potential users, up to 10 items will be ordered per person per day.
- Library patrons requesting more than 10 items at a time through interlibrary loan must prioritize the items being requested according to the following categories:
1 = critical need
2 = need, but not urgent
3 = desirable but not essential to research
Unprioritized lists will be returned to the requestor for prioritizing before they are processed.
No user may have more than 25 active transactions at any one time. An active transaction includes an item on order, a book or media item that has been loaned to a person, a renewal request for a book or media item. *
Users with overdue interlibrary loan materials will not have any additional interlibrary loan materials ordered for/given to them until the overdue interlibrary loan materials have been returned.
Renewal requests for interlibrary loan items must be submitted to the Interlibrary Loan Office at least two business days in advance of the due date. A renewal may only be requested once per item and is dependent upon approval by the lending library. The item is to be returned within 24 hours if the renewal request is denied.
Exceptions may be made to the renewal policy if the requested item was delayed in the mail and the return date is less than 2 weeks from the date the item was received in the Interlibrary Loan Department.
The Interlibrary Loan Department will subsidize $10 per item for items with a loan fee required by the lender, up to 5 items per academic year per person. *
If an interlibrary loan item is recalled by the lending library and the patron has had the item in their possession less than one week, the Interlibrary Loan Department will re-order the title at the request of the patron if the item is returned within 48 hours of the re-call request notification to the patron.
*Exceptions may be made by the Interlibrary Loan Supervisor