Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that provides Bangor Theological Seminary students, faculty, and staff with materials that are needed for research, but are not currently available in the library.
You may request any item relevant to your studies, such as a book or an article, that is not currently owned by the library, but please keep the following exceptions in mind.
Interlibrary Loan requests are processed within one to two days after being submitted. Requested items usually arrive within one to two weeks, although some may take longer. There is no limit on the number of requests that can be submitted at one time, but patrons submitting more than five at one time should prioritize them so that they can be ordered over the course of severak days. Multiple requests from the same volume or issue of a journal are subject to copyright restrictions and may not all be filled. If this happens, patrons may still request the item, but copyright fees for it will have to be paid. When the ILL request arrives, the patron will be notified by phone or e-mail. The patron requesting the item must pick it up. Do not ask another person to pick it up unless arrangements are made with the ILL librarian. All fees, such as photocopying charges, must be paid when the item is picked up.
Loan periods are set by the lending library and can vary from two weeks to a month. Some libraries place restrictions on the use of their materials, such as "In Library Use Only" or "No Photocopying." Patrons are expected to honor these restrictions without question. Failure to do so may result in the temporary suspension of ILL privileges. To keep items for longer than the due date, contact the ILL Librarian and ask for a renewal before the due date marked on the item. The lending library reserves the right to refuse any requests. In most cases, only one renewal, if any, will be granted.
The ILL system operates according to a set of rules established by the American Library Association. Libraries that repeatedly break those rules will no longer be allowed to participate in the system. Therefore, anyone who fails to return their ILL materials will have their borrowing privileges revoked and be held liable for all overdue fines and replacement costs. These costs can run as high as $100 for a single item.
Patrons are responsible for ILL material from the time they sign it out to the time they return it to the ILL Librarian. Simply leaving ILL material on the circulation desk does not constitute a proper return and the patron can still be held responsible for the item. Therefore, ILL material should always be handed to a member of the library staff to ensure that it is properly returned.