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Interlibrary Loan: Tracking Down Resources for You

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Even with Rod Library’s extensive collection of books, online databases, and electronic journals, sometimes there’s something you need that we just don't have. However, that doesn’t mean that Rod Library isn’t the place to find what you need! Our Interlibrary Loan service has the ability to bring you many of the resources that aren’t housed on campus.

Utilizing the Service

To begin the search for an item not housed at Rod Library, all you need to do is submit an Interlibrary Loan request found at the top of the Interlibrary Loan service page. A staff member will perform a search of thousands of other library catalogs to find the item you need. Once the item is located in another library’s collection, we will submit your request. About 90% of the materials requested are received, and in most cases, you can receive the item at no charge to you. Requests take approximately seven to ten days to fill, and after your item has arrived, it can be picked up at the Library Services Desk with your UNI ID. Items available for interlibrary loan include: DVDs, journals, academic books, novels, dissertation reports, children’s books, and much, much more.

Interlibrary Loan in Action

Sarah Montgomery, associate professor of elementary education Sarah Montgomery, associate professor of elementary education, is one faculty member who has made use of Rod Library’s Interlibrary Loan service and has had a great experience working with Rosemary Meany, circulation associate. She says, “Each time I submit a request, I receive a quick response, sometimes within hours. I have been working with a new colleague on an archival research project this fall, and this new colleague has also commented positively about how we feel supported as scholars. Rosemary Meany has been able to track down some tricky articles from obscure journals and also quickly get us connected with materials on more contemporary topics.”

Pujaningsih, graduate student in educational leadership with a focus on special education, has been an avid user of Interlibrary Loan for her studies. “Whenever I need journals, dissertations, and books for my courses and research projects but ’t find them in the library,” she says, “I always rely on the library’s Interlibrary Loan service. I like the service because they proceed very quickly and faster than my expectation so I almost always receive the orders in a timely fashion. The service helps me a lot saving my cash to access journals, books, or dissertation reports for free.”

Amandajean Freking Nolte, instructor of communication studiesAs both an alumnus of the university and current faculty member, Rod Library’s Interlibrary Loan service has been of great use to Amandajean Freking Nolte, instructor of Communication Studies. She says, “As both a student and faculty member I have at times found myself uncovering a citation or abstract for the perfect information source only to find Rod Library didn't have access to it and that it was either out of print or too expensive to purchase. Interlibrary loan is resource sharing, but for the user, it is so much more. It's the missing piece of an argument, the perfect example to bring the theory home, and a convenient way to equalize access to diverse ways of thinking and understanding. I am thankful for the service as well as the people who do the work to put information in the hands of users."

If you have additional questions about our Interlibrary Loan service, use the chat box on the side of the Interlibrary Loan page.

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