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Interlibrary Loan

Processing Time

Interlibrary loan can be extremely useful, but does require a little time for processing and for physical items to be sent to us.  The times below are safe estimates to help you plan for your requests.  Sometimes items come earlier, but it is better to plan plenty of time to receive and use your ILL items.

For copy requests: 

Plan a minimum of 7-10 working days for copy requests.  Electronic requests can come very quickly, but legal restrictions and physically scanning pages can add processing time to a request.

For loan requests:

Plan a minimum 2 weeks for physical items (books, music scores, ect) to arrive.  Delivery depends on shipping method and distance, which is sometimes increased for rare items.


We strive to provide resources whenever we can for our community.  However, no interlibrary loan request is guaranteed to be fulfilled, and there are some items we cannot request, or are significantly less likely to be successful.

We cannot request:

  • Textbooks for current JU classes
  • The print copy of items we own as an eBook (unless the eBook is currently inaccessible)

‚ÄčItems that can be requested, but are less likely to be successful or may take more time:

  • Items in a language other than English
  • Dissertations and theses
  • Archival and genealogical materials
  • Fragile or antique books
  • Very recent publications (less than 18 months)
  • Case studies, such as Harvard Business Review Case Studies

  • Audio/Visual media, including eBooks