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Interlibrary Loan Services: Request Types

This guide outlines the various services available to the Eckerd College community and to borrowing and lending partners around the globe.

Choosing the correct request form

Once you log into ILL and click Create Request, you will see three request types available: Article/Chapter, Book, and Media. The form defaults to Article/Chapter if you do not change it. Be sure to choose the correct type of form for your request.

Book

Choose the Book request form for borrowing print books (e-books are not available for borrowing in their entirety -- chapters only). Complete the form as best you can and the ILL staff will begin looking for lenders for your book. We will begin with Florida libraries and then extend the search throughout the U.S. if necessary. Books take a week or two to obtain because they need to physically travel here by mail or courier, so please plan ahead in your research. Due dates and renewal policies differ from library to library; please plan to return or renew your book before the due date on the book strap.

Article/Chapter

Choose the Article/Chapter request form if you are requesting a journal or magazine article, or a chapter from a book. These can be from print or electronic books and journals. Complete the form as best you can, then once it is submitted, the ILL staff will search to find lenders for your source. Once a lender provides the article or chapter, you will receive an email with a link and password to download a PDF of the requested item. Once you receive the link, you may download the PDF up to five times, and the link will remain active for 30 days. Once downloaded, you may keep the PDF -- no need to return it.

Media

Use the Media request form for DVDs and sound recordings. These items may be more difficult to obtain because fewer libraries are willing to lend them via ILL. Complete the form as best you can and the ILL staff will find a lender for you. DVDs and other media items will arrive via mail or courier, and you will receive an email when they are ready to be picked up.