Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Do you need a book, music score, recording, or journal article that UNCSA does not own? You can request these items by using our Interlibrary Loan services.

How to Request

Choose either of the options below to submit a request.

WorldCat Check WorldCat for the item you need; in the item record, use the Request Item button to submit your ILL Request.
ILL Form Fill out the ILL request form directly based on item type.
Consider making a purchase request

If you think that we should have the item in our permanent collection, please let us know by filling out our Purchase Request Form.
Request a Purchase


About ILL Borrowing UNCSA students, faculty and staff

keyboard_arrow_rightWho may use the Library’s ILL services?
Interlibrary Loan Services are available to all current UNCSA Faculty, Staff, and Students. All others, including registered Public Patrons, are not eligible for ILL Services.
keyboard_arrow_rightWhat types of materials are available to borrow through ILL?
Circulating books and photocopies of journal and newspaper articles are the most available items on interlibrary loan. In music and media, the most frequently requested items are music books, scores, CDs, DVDs, music dissertations, and articles from music journals. Other types of materials, such as LP records, VHS tapes, bound journals, archival materials, special collections, and reference books/scores, are generally not available for loan. However, you can always ask. We will make every effort to find the materials you need.
keyboard_arrow_rightHow are ILL requests submitted?
Fill out a request form to request an item that the UNCSA Library does not own. There are five different forms from which to choose. Please select the one that best fits the type of material you want: article, book, music score, sound recording, video recording. If you are requesting more than one item, please fill out a separate request for each item. Please provide as much information as possible. We will contact you if we need more information.
keyboard_arrow_rightHow much does ILL cost?
We always try first to borrow from libraries that do not charge for loans. However, some items may only be available from libraries that charge a lending fee. Lending fees can range from $5 to $25. (Most are $15.)

On the request form, please specify the maximum amount you are willing to pay to borrow a particular item (even if the amount is 0).
keyboard_arrow_rightHow long does ILL take?
We generally request material from a minimum of 5 libraries within 24 hours of receiving your request. If the first library on the list cannot provide the item, the request automatically gets sent to the next library on the list, and so on. We usually receive items within a week, but the process could take up to two weeks, depending on the number of libraries the request has to go through.

If you have a deadline date by which you need to receive the material, please be sure to specify that on the Request Form. We will make every effort to try to accommodate your request.
keyboard_arrow_rightILL Delivery and pick-up
Items come to us most often through UPS or US Mail. As soon as your requested item arrives, we will notify you by email and/or phone. Interlibrary Loan items that are not picked up within two weeks of your being notified will be returned to the lending library.
keyboard_arrow_rightReturning ILL material
Due date will be noted on the item. Loan periods vary from library to library, and may be anywhere from one week to a month. Please return Interlibrary Loan items to the Library when they are due. If you need items for longer than the given due date, please contact us to request a renewal. Please note that some libraries do not allow renewals.


About ILL Lending other libraries

The UNCSA Library lends our circulating music items to libraries throughout the country and around the world if we are able. We loan books, music books, music scores, and CDs. We may loan some LPs and music DVDs/videos on a case by case basis. Individuals not affiliated with a college or university library should make their requests through their local public library.

We do not charge for loans and rarely charge for copies unless it is for something in excess of 50 pages; then it is $.10 per page for the overage.

The loan period is five weeks. Renewals are allowed for most items for another five weeks. Some restrictions may apply for certain items, which will be specified upon lending.

Materials may be recalled at any time for use by our UNCSA patrons.

Interlibrary Loan requests may be made online through OCLC Resource Sharing (WS-ILL or ILLiad). Our OCLC library code is NZG.

We normally ship by UPS within a few days of receipt of the request. We can also send some items via fax or email.

Contact us if you have questions.