What is ILL?
ILL stands for Interlibrary Loan. It is a service through which patrons can request to borrow materials that Schmidt Library does not currently own. These materials can include books, journal articles, DVDs, microfilm, scores, and some periodicals.
Schmidt Library uses a program called ILLiad to process most ILL requests.
EZ Borrow is similar to ILLiad, where patrons can borrow books that we do not currently own. EZ Borrow is used for requesting books only.
ILL vs. EZ Borrow
Both systems allow patrons to borrow materials, but with EZ Borrow you can only borrow books. EZ Borrow requests also typically arrive faster than ILLiad requests, within 3-5 days of the initial request.
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Interlibrary Loan FAQs
Who May Use Interlibrary Loan Services?
York College retirees, current students, staff, faculty, and the York Country Day faculty have access to ILL services. Students in the dual enrollment program at YCP will also have access.
Students who do not have dual enrollment at YCP do not have access to ILL. Alumni and community borrowers also will not be able to use ILL.
How many items may be requested?
There is no limit for the number of items which can be requested.
How long will it take?
Articles will typically be received within a week of the initial request.
Book requests through ILLiad are also typically received within a week, however, rarer items, or items which have to come from overseas may take longer to acquire.
EZ Borrow books typically arrive 3-5 days after a patron has put a request in
Will the loan terms be the same as those at Schmidt Library?
Loan terms are set by the lending library, but typically last for approximately 1 month.
EZ Borrow allows 6 week loan periods.
How much does it cost?
This service is free for patrons. Schmidt Library covers the cost of shipping materials between lending libraries.
What about late fees?
There are no late fees for ILL items. However, if a book becomes significantly overdue the lending library will charge a replacement fee unless the book is returned.
What if I lose or damage a borrowed book?
If a book is lost or damaged while in the patron’s possession, they will be responsible for either buying a replacement copy of the book, or paying the replacement cost. The interlibrary loan specialist will contact the lending library for their replacement policy.
Lending to Other Libraries
Schmidt Library also loans materials to other libraries. If an item is on loan to another library, it can be recalled which tells the borrowing library that one of our patrons needs the book returned as quickly as possible.
Duration of Loan
Books acquired through ILL have a 6 week loan period. If a book is need for longer, it can be renewed. There are some instances when the lending library will not allow a renewal. In these cases, the patron will need to submit a new ILL request for the item, and then return the current copy to the Help Desk.
Lending Fees to Other Libraries
We do not charge lending fees to other libraries.
Electronic delivery charges
There are no electronic delivery charges.
There is no charge for rush requests.
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