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Interlibrary Loan Borrowing

The Styberg Library's Interlibrary Loan Department is happy to help our current students, faculty and staff obtain materials owned by other libraries. Patrons who are members of the general public, Northwestern students, and guests who are students at other schools are encouraged to explore the Interlibrary Loan services of their home academic libraries or local public libraries.

How Do I Request an Item?  Forms may be filled out online or at the circulation desk. Please have the citation information for the item available when filling out the forms. 

How Long Does It Take to Receive an Item?  As the Interlibrary Loan service relies on couriers and the US mail, the average turn-around time is 10 days.  As a result, please do not wait until a paper deadline to make Interlibrary Loan requests.

How Long Will I Have the Item Once It Arrives?  Loan periods vary and are stipulated by the lending library.  On average, most books are available for approximately four weeks.  Lending libraries also specify whether an item may be taken out of the library overnight, or must be used within The Styberg Library.

How Much Does It Cost?  On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Garrett-Evangelical and Seabury, The Styberg Library will gladly request items from other libraries. Most items are available without charge to the patron. On rare occasions a lending library may charge a fee which may be passed on to the borrower.  We will obtain the borrower’s agreement to pay the fee before finalizing the borrowing request.

Are There Any Other Restrictions? Yes. We do not place ILL requests for books available in the library, including reference books or books on the course reserve shelf.

For other questions, please see our Interlibrary Loan policy

Please note, though, that in the case of archival materials, rare books, and media items, sometimes a lending library will decline to loan the object. Nevertheless, most libraries are quite generous in sharing their collections, particularly with regard to books.