If the Rod Library does not hold the material you need, the ILL staff will try to get it for you. When you submit an Interlibrary Loan request, an Interlibrary Loan staff person will perform a search of thousands of other library catalogs to find the item you need. We make every effort to obtain the material free of charge. If a title cannot be located in a library which lends materials free of charge, you will receive an email notification of the cost. You must agree to pay the charges before the title is ordered.
Once the item is located in another library's collection, we will submit your request in compliance with the library's requirements. We receive about 90% of all materials requested.
Interlibrary Loan service is available to currently enrolled graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty and staff.
Interlibrary Loan Lending of materials from Rod library is available only to other libraries or institutions. Individuals interested in requesting materials from our library should contact their local public, academic or corporate library. Our lending policies are available via the OCLC policies directory or on our Website.
Items Not Available Through ILL
The National Interlibrary Loan Code states that most libraries will not lend rare or valuable material; bulky or fragile material; material in high demand at the lending library; material with local circulation restrictions; or unique material difficult to replace. Experience has shown that the following materials are also not available:
- very recent or popular titles
- entire issues or volumes of periodicals
- dissertations available for purchase elsewhere
- National Technical Information Service microfiche
- long runs of newspaper microfilm
- genealogical items.
Recent textbooks are not available on Interlibrary Loan.
Picking Up Requested Materials
Materials ordered through Interlibrary Loan may be picked up at the Circulation Desk with a UNI ID any time the library is open or in some cases delivered via e-mail*. Borrowers are notified through their UNI e-mail account as soon as the material is received.
A renewal of the loan may be requested unless the lender has specifically indicated "no renewals". If a loan needs to be renewed, the user should ask for a renewal two days in advance of the item’s due date so the permission to renew may be obtained from the lender. Visit the Interlibrary Loan office or phone 273-2912 to request a renewal.
ILL Office Location
The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) area is located on the second floor of Rod Library in room 241, near the elevators in the center of the building.
The library uses your UNI e-mail address for delivery of all notices. If you prefer to use an e-mail address other than your UNI account login to My Library Account and enter your preferred e-mail address in the patron information section.
Books and articles obtained from most Iowa libraries are provided to UNI without charge, but many out-of-state libraries charge from $5.00 to $20.00 for lending a single title and often as much for photocopying an article. Charges for borrowing books will be passed on to faculty and staff. Photocopy charges will be passed on to all patrons.
There is typically a seven to ten day turnaround time on each request. Place orders for research materials well in advance of the time they are needed. Requests cannot be handled on a “rush” basis. If you have time restrictions please fill in the "Not Wanted After Date" on the electronic form.
Maximum Number of Requests
Patrons are limited to 25 requests per week.
Users of the ILL service must abide by Rod Library's copyright restrictions policies.
The loan period for books, microform, and other non-photocopy items is determined by the lending institution. Overdue items are assessed a $.50 a day fine for all patrons plus any fines established by the lending library.
Document Delivery Policies
More information about document delivery can be found here.