What can be borrowed?

Guidelines for interlibrary loan are set by the American Library Association's Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (2001) and local policies established by individual libraries. Following these guidelines, the ILL unit at Iowa State can borrow a wide variety of materials, including books, journal articles, educational audio-visuals, maps, microforms, etc.

Some items may be difficult or impossible to obtain on interlibrary loan. These include reference books, very old or rare books, computer software, certain A/V materials, very new books, archival materials, genealogical materials, and certain serial volumes.  When in doubt, consult with an ILL staff member.

Interlibrary Loan will borrow materials owned by the ISU Library if they are currently checked out. Users who have an item checked out from the ISU library, then request the same item through Interlibrary Loan, will not have their requests submitted until the ISU item is returned to the ISU library.

Course reserve materials are not eligible for interlibrary loan service.

Interlibrary Loan service at Iowa State is intended for academic research. Recreational materials are more readily available from a local video store, online vendor or your local public library. Users requesting recreational materials will have their requests cancelled. Interlibrary Loan privileges may be suspended in serious cases.

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