Interlibrary Loan Policy

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) allows participating libraries to borrow materials for individuals. ILL is an expensive process to both the lending and borrowing libraries, primarily through staff time, materials, and online fees. Therefore, patrons are requested to be judicious in the use of this service and to adhere to the following policies:

  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Current LeTourneau faculty, staff and students may request items through ILL.
  • Current Resources First
  • Search electronic databases, the library's online catalog, and local libraries before making ILL requests.
  • Return ILL Materials Promptly
  • Overdue ILL items jeopardize our reputation with other libraries. Prolonged overdue status may result in the permanent loss of ILL privileges.
  • Pay All Lost Item Fees
  • The patron assumes complete responsibility for replacement fees of ILL items which are lost or damaged while on loan to the patron.
  • Provide Current Contact Information
  • LeTourneau ID number, LETU email address, permanent physical address, and phone number are required.
  • Provide Accurate Citations
  • Errors and incomplete citations may prevent the request from being processed.
  • Request Appropriate Materials
  • Textbooks: class textbooks cannot be ordered through ILL. Multiple Requests: each patron may borrow a specific book one time per semester.
  • Provide Accurate Need-By Date
  • The need-by date is the latest date of which the item will be of use to the patron. Requesting an item with an earlier need-by date will not speed the response time and may hinder the process.
  • Avoid Last-Minute Requests
  • InterLibrary Loan takes time, often up to two weeks or longer. Place your requests as early as possible to avoid frustration.
  • Avoid Excessive Requests
  • Frequent, excessive and non-essential requests will be canceled.