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InterLibrary Loan DCC: Borrowing from other Libraries

InterLibrary Loan Forms

  • Form for ordering a BOOK 

  • Form for ordering an ARTICLE


If you have problems or questions relating to InterLibrary Loan, please call a librarian at 434-797-8405 or email


If you wish to inquire about the status of an item AFTER you have ordered it, email

What is InterLibrary Loan?

This video is pretty generic, but does include some info from another campus.  Just ignore that.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get an interlibrary loan?
Interlibrary loans are used to obtain items that are not available at the DCC - Barksdale Library. Current DCC students, faculty and staff may request interlibrary loans. Alumni and community patrons are not eligible for this service and will be directed to use their public library.

What is the cost for an interlibrary loan?
There is no charge for Interlibrary Loan services, as the Library covers the cost of acquiring materials and photocopies.  If the item can only be obtained through a lender that charges, we will ask the patron if they wish to pay the charges. You will be contacted before any fees are charged.
Patrons will be charged for all items not returned along with any associated lost book fees or late fees.

How long will it take to get my interlibrary loan request?
For articles or other electronically delivered items, it is about 2-3 days.  Please allow 7 days to 2 weeks to receive other requested items.

Where do I pick it up?
Books, microform and other physical materials must be picked up from and returned to the Circulation Desk. Users will be notified by email when a requested item has been received or if there are any problems filling a request. Items that are not picked up by their due date will be returned to the lending library.
Digital copies of journal articles will be sent by email to your campus email address and do not need to be returned.

How long can I keep the item?
The loan period for books, microform, and non-photocopy material is determined by the lending institution. Usually, the loan period is four weeks (or 30 days). The patron is responsible for returning the borrowed item(s) by the due date to the Barksdale Library Circulation Desk.  If the item(s) can be renewed, make a request to the Library email at least one week prior to the due date. Patrons will be charged for all items not returned along with any associated lost book fees or late fees.
Institutions that loan materials, including DCC, reserve the right to recall items at any time.

Are there items I cannot borrow?
Items that are not available include:
  • Entire volumes or issues of periodicals (only specific articles may be requested)
  • Reference books
  • Text Books
  • Rare materials, including manuscripts
  • Items published over 75 years ago
  • Items less than 1 year old
  • Requests which may violate copyright limitations

Can I get dissertations?
Often, dissertations are only available at the issuing institution, and not all libraries will loan them. There is no certainty that a request for a dissertation can be filled or that you will receive it in a timely manner. The Interlibrary Loan office will fill as many requests as possible.

What about copyright?
The copyright 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 archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for a purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If an individual uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in it’s judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.