About Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) provides current USF students, staff and faculty with materials that are not available at their local USF library. This includes transferring materials between USF libraries, and obtaining materials from other libraries all over the United States and internationally.
The Interlibrary loan department also provides PRONTO document delivery services on the USF Tampa campus. For more information >>
Our office is located on the first floor of the USF Tampa library: LIB103. We are open from 8am to 5pm on Monday through Friday during days the library is open. Please feel free to stop by, call or email us with any questions.
The USF Tampa interlibrary loan department works within the principles of the American Library Association’s Interlibrary loan code for the United States, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ Principles and Guidelines for International Resource Sharing and Document Delivery, and many local and regional agreements to borrow materials from other libraries for the research needs of USF students, staff and faculty as well as lend USF materials to other libraries for the use of their researchers.
The service is provided for free to USF students, staff and faculty except in the rare instances when material can only be obtained by commercial or archival vendors who charge more than $50 (link to policy).
Interlibrary loan requested titles are evaluated for purchase and permanent addition to the USF Tampa library collection. Most requests interlibrary loan are processed through OCLC Worldcat, a database that allows us to search library collections from all over the world. The USF Tampa library is also a participant of RAPID ILL, a system developed by the Colorado State University to enable expedited delivery of articles for library members.
USF Tampa interlibrary loan staff process over 40,000 requests per month using the request management system, ILLiad. Though material delivery times depend on lending libraries, interlibrary loan staff are constantly improving processes to speed request turn-over, and in FY15 40% of article requested by USF patrons are delivered within 24 hours.