More about Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Who can borrow?
Interlibrary borrowing privileges are available to faculty, emeritus faculty, staff and students of The Claremont Colleges. ILL is not available to Claremont Colleges alumni or to other community-card holders.

Is there a charge for ILL?
In most cases, there will be no charge to you for Interlibrary Loan materials. We do reserve the right to pass on charges to you and to limit the number of requested items. If you have an ILL item overdue by 2 weeks, we reserve the right to suspend your ILL privileges and to process no additional ILL requests for you for at least the remainder of the semester. Please be aware that overdues or fines in ILL will also block your borrowing privileges from The Claremont Colleges Library.

How long does it take?
The time required to obtain items from other libraries varies according to the item's availability, the library or system through which the item is obtained, and the delivery system used. Articles often arrive within 5 days but may take longer. Books often take as long as 2 weeks, sometimes longer.

How long can you keep the borrowed item?
Articles will be sent to you as an electronic document and will be yours to keep. Books loaned through ILL are available for use at the lending library's discretion. Books are generally loaned for a period of two weeks, with renewals available in some cases. Known exceptions are: 1) items borrowed from The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) often have longer loan periods; and 2) borrowed items that are rare or fragile are often restricted to "in-library use only" and may have limited loan periods.

What can and cannot be borrowed?
ILL will not request items that are owned by The Claremont Colleges Library, the Claremont School of Theology, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens, or books available through LINK+. Many libraries will not loan the following types of materials: rare or fragile books, titles published in the last year or two, titles published before 1800, audiovisual materials, computer disks, and tests.

For questions about ILL, contact Michelle Levers - (909) 607-4591.

Last updated: 1/7/2014 4:08:16 PM