Interlibrary Loan Restrictions

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Making a Request

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.

Time Requirements
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. 

Items Not Available Through Interlibrary Loan
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 and genealogical items.

Recent textbooks are not available on Interlibrary Loan.

Copyright Restrictions

Checking out Your Interlibrary Loan Item

Loan Periods/Fines
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.

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 contact the Interlibrary Loan Staff 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 desk or phone 273-2912 to request a renewal.

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