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Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Do you need a book, journal article, or video for your research that Woodbury doesn't own? We can get it for you from another library. Just find the item in our catalog (book, article, video). If we don't own it, you'll see a link to "request this item via interlibrary loan."  Click that link and fill out your contact information; we'll contact you when the item is ready.

Have more questions? See the FAQ below.

How to Request an Item

You can request items online through interlibrary loan in one of two ways:

  1. Find the item in our library catalog and click on its title to view the details. There will be a blue 'Request through Interlibrary Loan' button that you can click which will attach the item's information to your request, so that you don't have to type it out.
  2. Use our online interlibrary loan forms (you will need to type in the item details):

Interlibrary Loan FAQ

Sometimes it is possible to get a journal article within 1-2 days.  However: books, videos, and some journal articles can take longer to arrive.  To be safe you should allow at least 1-2 weeks for your ILL item to arrive.  Very popular items and very obscure items may take up to a month.

If you are in a hurry, you can search the library's catalog to locate nearby libraries that may own the item you need.  You can also check our information about local public libraries to search one or more libraries directly.

Interlibrary loan materials may only be requested by:

  • Currently enrolled Woodbury students
  • Woodbury full-time faculty
  • Woodbury adjunct faculty who are teaching during the current semester
  • Woodbury staff

Items you can request:

You may request items not owned by Woodbury Library.  This includes books, book chapters, journal and magazine articles, videos and DVDs, and government documents.  Additionally, if an item is missing from our library, you may request it via ILL after staff have searched for it on the shelves.

Items you can't request:

You may not request items owned by Woodbury (unless they are missing or otherwise unavailable).  This includes reference items and course reserve items.

Textbooks may not be requested.

Popular movies and newly released books are exceedingly difficult to obtain through interlibrary loan.  Please consider visiting your local public library to obtain these materials.  In an effort to keep interlibrary loan services free for all, please try to restrict your ILL requests to those items needed for research purposes.

Entire journal issues can usually not be obtained.  You should request individual articles instead of the entire issue or volume.  If you need to request multiple articles from the same journal issue, separate requests should be submitted for each article.

No, textbooks may not be requested through interlibrary loan.  Most libraries will not purchase them, so they are incredibly difficult to obtain.  Additionally, most ILL materials can only be checked out for 2-3 weeks, making using ILL textbooks for a semester very impractical.  Textbooks are an expected part of a student's educational expenses, and it is the student's responsibility to obtain them.  For more information, see our textbook policy.  If a request for a textbook is placed via ILL, the request will be cancelled, and you will be notified.

Most of the time, no, there is no charge.  The library pays for postage, and we are usually able to find libraries willing to lend us materials for free.  In the rare situation where there is a charge, we will notify you first before proceeding.  Some hard-to-find or rare materials may only be available for a charge.  Usually this charge ranges from $10 - $20 per item.  We will never request an item that has a charge without first checking with you.

For faculty members, the library pays for the first $20 of Interlibrary loan charges per person per semester.  Additional charges will need to be paid by you or your department.

For students, any charges made with your permission will be added to your library account.

Items requested but not picked up within one week of notification will incur a $3.00 charge per item.

Overdue fines may also apply.

Photocopies of articles, book chapters or government documents are yours to keep (no overdue charges).  Overdue interlibrary loan books or videos incur fines of $1.00 per day late to a maximum of $25.00 per item.

In order to maintain interlibrary loan as a free service, we rely upon our reputation as a responsible library.  You play a big role in this!  People who habitually return ILL materials late make it difficult for us to borrow items.  If you have a pattern of returning ILL materials late or failing to pick them up from us in a timely manner, your future ILL usage will be restricted. 

Photocopied articles, book chapters, or government documents are yours to keep.  Many times they are sent electronically in pdf format.  In those cases, we will forward them to your email address. You can alternatively pick up a physical copy, which we will print out for you at no charge.

Books and videos will have varying due dates.  The due date will appear on the book band on the front of your item.  In most cases, you will be able to keep the item for 2-3 weeks.  Videos usually have a shorter loan period.  Unless noted, most interlibrary loan items may be renewed ONE time.

If you need to renew your item, you must notify us before the due date. We need to request a renewal from the other library and allow time to receive a response. We cannot request renewals if your item is overdue.

When your item arrives, we will notify you via phone or email (whichever you requested).  You can ask for your item at the circulation desk in the library.

You can return items at the library circulation desk, or in our book drop.

You may request no more than 10 items per week.

Contact Information

OCLC Symbol: OMB

ILL Coordinator:
Allison Lucchese
(818) 252-5211

Mailing Address:
Woodbury University Library
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91510

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