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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan Policies

For the purpose of ILL, patrons are considered current William James College students, faculty, and staff.


William James College Library offers ILL as a free service to patrons. On occasion, it is necessary to cancel requests when a free copy is unobtainable. In the case a request is canceled due to cost, patrons have the option to pay for the request.

All fees and charges for lost or damaged ILL materials are the responsibility of the patron. In the case of students, fees and charges will be added to student accounts. Any unpaid library charges may result in a hold on student accounts.

Dissertations are often only available for a fee. We strongly discourage borrowing dissertations as the replacement cost for these items is extremely high should any damage occur. Instead, electronic copies of most U.S. dissertations may be purchased from UMI. Please contact the library for further details.

Turnaround Time

The time it takes to fulfill a request varies depending on the type of item. Articles, chapters, and other electronically delivered materials often arrive within 2-4 days. Physical items, including books, may take up to 14 days to arrive. Please consider processing and delivery time when submitting ILL requests.

Limit on the Number of Requests

Although we do not place a limit on the amount of requests patrons may place, it may be necessary to limit the amount of requests processed per patron in any given day due to high demand. This may result in a delay in processing your requests. If you anticipate submitting a large number of requests (more than 10 per day), please speak with the library to ensure your requests are fulfilled in a timely manner.

Due Dates and Renewals

Due dates are set by the lending library. In order to maintain good relationships with our ILL colleagues and keep our borrowing privileges, it is important that patrons return all books by the due date.

In most cases, ILL books may be renewed if the patron makes the request prior to the due date. Renewals are not guaranteed and are at the discretion of the lending library. Patrons may only request one renewal per item. To request a renewal patrons must contact the library.

Distance Learners

William James College Library welcomes ILL requests from distance learners and any other patrons who might not live in close proximity to the library. Electronically filled requests, such as articles and book chapters, are available remotely to all patrons via ILLiad.

We strongly suggest not ordering physical books through William James College Library’s ILL service. The added shipping time from our library to the patron’s home, plus the need to return the item back to the library early often means patrons have an extremely short period with the item. The library is happy to help research local libraries and institutions patrons may use to fulfill their ILL needs.  

Textbooks and Required Course Books

ILL cannot be used as a substitute for buying textbooks or other course related materials. William James College Library does not process ILL requests for textbooks or required course materials. These requests will be canceled.

Psychological Testing Materials

William James College Library does not process ILL requests for psychological testing materials. These requests will be canceled. Please contact the library if you need further information regarding testing materials.


William James College Library adheres to federal copyright regulations.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

William James College Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that request would involve violation of copyright law.