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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 most likely get it for you from another library. Just find the item in our catalog. If we don't own it, you'll see a link to "Request this item via Interlibrary Loan."  Click that link and fill out the brief form; 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.
  2. Use our online Interlibrary Loan forms (you will need to type in the item details):

Interlibrary Loan FAQ

Interlibrary Loan requests should be processed within 24 hours, excepting weekends. Article/chapter scan requests may be filled in as little as one or two days. Book requests may take a week or more. Difficult-to-obtain items (DVDs, rare materials) may require up to a month. 

If you are in a hurry, you can search the library's catalog to locate nearby libraries that own the item you need. 

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

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.


One 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.

Please note that popular movies and newly released books are very difficult to obtain through Interlibrary Loan. Please consider visiting your local public library to obtain these materials.  

Entire journal issues can usually not be obtained. Please 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.

No, textbooks may not be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Most libraries will not purchase them, so they are very difficult to obtain. Additionally, most ILL materials can only be checked out for 2-3 weeks, making using ILL textbooks for a semester impracticable. If a request for a textbook is placed via ILL, the request will be cancelled and you will be notified.

Usually we are able to borrow Interlibrary Loan items at no cost. The library pays for postage and we are usually able to find institutions willing to lend materials for free. In instances in which a fee is requested, we will notify you first before proceeding. Some hard-to-find or rare materials may only be available at charge, usually 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 $40 of Interlibrary Loan charges per person per academic year. Additional charges require coverage by individuals or their departments.

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

For staff, charges may be paid by personal check. 


Photocopies of articles, book chapters or government documents are yours to keep.  For other items we are happy to inform you that we do not charge overdue fines. But of course borrowers are still responsible for returning library materials on time and in good condition. As a courtesy, the library will send two notices to remind you of materials that are overdue. Overdue notices will be sent via email, one and seven days after the due date. Depending on the item, you may be able to renew online after logging into your library account

Borrowers who have long overdue items will be billed for the cost of buying a new copy. 

In order to maintain Interlibrary Loan as a free service, we rely upon our reputation as a responsible library. Habitually late ILL returns make it difficult for us to borrow items. 

Photocopied articles, book chapters, or government documents are yours to keep. These are typically 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, dictated by the lending institutions. 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 otherwise 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 are unable to request renewals for overdue items.

When your item arrives, we will notify you via phone or email (whichever you requested), and keep your item on hold for one week. You can ask for your item at the library circulation desk.

Please also return items to the library circulation desk. Please do not place Interlibrary Loan items in the book drop. 

You may request up to 10 items per week.

Contact Information

OCLC Symbol: OMB

ILL Coordinator:
Ani Amirkhanian

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

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