InterLibrary Loan service provides current USF students, staff and faculty with materials that are not owned by a USF library. InterLibrary loan also transfers materials from other USF libraries to the USF Tampa library.
Have questions about how to use InterLibrary Loan services? Please refer to our frequently asked questions below:
- What can I get through InterLibrary loan?
- Is there a restriction on the number of requests I can submit?
- What is ILLiad and how do I get started?
- What if I don’t have a NetID?
- I am a Distanced Learner, how do I get access to library materials?
- I am a Visiting Scholar, how can I use InterLibrary loan?
- How long does it take to get an ILL?
- How do I get my materials and where do I return them?
- How long do I get to keep ILL items?
- Can I renew my ILL?
- How much does it cost?
- Are there penalties for overdue items?
- What does the ILLiad request status of my ILL mean?
- Why am I not receiving email updates on my ILL requests?
What can I get through InterLibrary loan?
Materials We Do Not Own
ILL works with libraries across the nation and beyond to get you access to materials that USF Tampa library does not own. This material is subject to the usage rules and due dates set by the lending library.
USF Libraries Materials
ILL will transfer materials owned at other USF Libraries to the Tampa Library. ILL will also process requests for items currently checked out/unavailable at the Tampa Library.
InterLibrary loan cannot usually obtain:
- Standardized test books
- Computer software
- Entire issues of periodicals
- Special media formats (ex. albums and kits)
- Very old or rare material
Is there a restriction on the number of requests I can submit?
The Tampa ILL office can process 20 ILL requests per person per week. Requests in excess of this will be held until the following week. However, ILL can only hold one weeks worth of requests.
Please remember that book loan periods are limited to the due date set by the lending library and often cannot be renewed; schedule your research accordingly.
What is ILLiad and how do I get started?
ILLiad is an automated InterLibrary loan management system that improves our services to you by tracking your requests for materials your home library does not own. To make an ILL request, sign into ILLiad using one of the log in buttons on the main ILL page » First time users will be asked to complete a one time registration.
You must specify a home library (i.e. Sarasota, St. Petersburg, or Tampa) when registering to use ILLiad. You may only select one home library. Some available library locations serve specific populations (ex. Shimberg Health Sciences library services Health students, staff, and faculty). Feel free to contact us if you are unsure which home library you should choose.
What if I don’t have a NetID?
All USF students, staff, faculty, and visiting scholars will have a NetID. Examples of library patrons who do not/will not have a USF NetID are New College students, staff and faculty, faculty proxies, and St. Pete special borrowers. If you do not have a NetID and need to register for an ILLiad login, you can start here »
I am a Distanced Learner, how do I get access to library materials?
InterLibrary loan will deliver library and ILL materials direct to a distanced learner’s home address. For InterLibrary loan purposes, the library defines a USF distance learner as a student currently enrolled in distance coursework who attends on-campus less than once a week and has a permanent residence outside Hillsborough County.
Distance learner patrons must agree to return loans so that they are received back at the USF ILL office by the due date issued by the lending library. Mail delivery of non USF materials will be restricted to the United States. Patrons are responsible for all return postage for loans.
I am a Visiting Scholar, how can I use InterLibrary loan?
The USF Tampa Campus Library will extend InterLibrary loan privileges to visiting scholars (i.e., persons engaged as professors, research scholars or specialists in the USF J-1 program) on condition that the visiting scholar’s department faculty sponsors such use. Please fill out the Visiting Scholar InterLibrary loan form and return it to the InterLibrary loan department to apply for service.
How long does it take to get an ILL?
Typically, material owned by one of the USF campuses is available within 3-5 business days (assuming the material is on the shelf and not checked out to another patron).
Most articles are delivered electronically and can be available in your ILLiad account in 2-10 days. Books and other loans from non-USF institutions are typically available in approximately 1-2 weeks. Your request is processed within 24-hours of receipt – the delay is incurred while awaiting action by the lending library, over whom we have no control.
You can help speed the process by:
- only using abbreviations when your source citation uses them
- providing complete citations
- check the USF Catalog first
- make sure your contact information in ILLiad is current
- include an ISBN/ISSN or an OCLC/WorldCat Assession number in your request
How do I get my materials and where do I return them?
Most articles are received by the ILL office electronically and delivered to you via your ILLiad account. Physical copies of articles are held at your Library Services Desk or mailed to you per your indication during ILLiad registration.
Due to copyright issues, the library cannot retain articles. Therefore, it is important that you check materials electronically delivered for any problems, such as missing or illegible pages within one week of delivery. If you find any errors after that time frame, you will need to submit a new request for that article.
Incoming loans (books) are held at your home campus Library Services Desk under your last name. A current picture ID card required to check-out ILL materials – no exceptions. Only the person whose name is on the ILL request may pick up an ILL book. Each library has the right to restrict the use of materials to “in-house use only”. This may be due in part to rarity. frailty or other extenuating circumstances.
* Faculty who wish that their assistants or proxy card holder pick up their ILL material must make sure that the proxy holder’s name is also on the ILL request.
Materials borrowed from another USF Library (i.e. St. Petersburg, Sarasota, de la Parte Institute (FMHI), Health Sciences Center, Tampa and Lakeland) may be returned to any USF library.
Materials borrowed from non-USF institutions (identified by an informational band/label on the front cover) must be returned to the Library Services Desk of your home library. Do not use book drops – this includes book drops inside the building proper. Do not remove the band/label from the item you have borrowed. It is your responsibility to observe and adhere to these restrictions. Failure to do so may result in holds or penalties applied to your account.
How long do I get to keep ILL items?
Loan periods vary and are assigned by the lending institution. Additionally, materials are subject to recall by the lender at any time. Overdue fines on materials borrowed from non-USF institutions are particularly steep (see below). It is your responsibility to be aware of your material’s due dates.
Can I renew my ILL?
Renewals for non USF items are determined by the lending library. Please contact your ILL office to send a renewal request to the lender. We usually receive a response in a business day and will forward it to you immediately. Do not return your item while you are waiting for a response.*
Materials owned by the USF libraries may either be renewed in person at any of the USF libraries or via the online renewal service.
*If two days have passed and you do not hear back from us on your renewal request, please call.
How much does it cost?
The InterLibrary loan department works very hard to provide a cost free service. Infrequently, the Tampa ILL office may only be able to fill a request using a commercial document supply service. In these cases, the ILL office will only be able to cover $50 worth of document supply fees. We will contact you before processing your request to get your authorization and arrange billing. Please see policy: ILL Charges and Fees »
Are there penalties for overdue items?
Materials owned by the USF Library System are subject to overdue fines at a rate of .25 per book per day with an additional $10 service charge on the 7th day. Charges for lost materials will be decided by the lending library.
InterLibrary Loan is a privilege that relies heavily on a good relationship with the lending libraries. Late return of books can damage our relationship with the lending libraries and jeopardize our ability to borrow items in the future. The following will occur when materials are overdue:
- You will receive two (2) or more emails reminding you of your due date.
- At seven (7) days overdue, you are blocked from using ILLiad and you incur and additional $10 charge.
- Thirty (30) days overdue: you are billed for the items replacement cost as determined by the lending library. All replacement costs are non-refundable.
Repeat offenders: InterLibrary loan service will be blocked to individuals whose borrowing privileges have been suspended twice or who chronically return InterLibrary loan materials after the date due. Patrons who have been blocked may request reinstatement of privileges by petitioning their home library.
Please understand that compliance with an item’s due date is your responsibility. Any attempts we make to contact you are a courtesy and our failure to do so does not release you from your responsibility to return the materials on time.
In addition, according to the USF Student Code of Conduct, misuse or abuse of ILL privileges may result in adjudication by the Student Judicial Office. See Student Code of Conduct: Section I(5): Response to Notice and Section I(7): misuse of property.
What does the ILLiad request status of my ILL mean?
During the course of processing your InterLibrary Loan request will move through several different status levels in the ILLiad system. You will receive an automated email notification when your item is available but the status levels will also give you an idea of how your request is doing.
- Awaiting Request Processing: Your request has been successfully received by the ILLiad system and is waiting for an ILL staff member to process it.
- Request Sent: Your request has been sent out by ILL staff to potential lenders. It will remain at this status until a lender agrees to send us material and that material is received by the ILL office.
- ILL Purchase Requested: Your request has been selected for our Purchase On Demand program. Instead of processing your request for a loan of the material, our library is purchasing the material. The entire purchase process should take no longer than receiving a loan from another institution.
- Awaiting Information From Customer: ILL staff need your input in order to finish your request. You should have received an email notifying you of the problem.
- Customer Notified via Email: Your requested material has arrived and is being held for you at the Library Services Desk. You should have received an email notifying you of the delivery.
- Checked Out to Customer: Your requested material has been picked-up at your Library Services Desk and is in your possession.
Why am I not receiving email updates on my ILL request?
The ILLiad system does not send confirmation emails. Instead, you can check the status of your request by logging into your ILLiad account.
If you are not receiving cancellation, availability, renewal, or request for information emails there are a few things that could be happening. Please check your ILLiad account under “change user information” to verify that we have your correct contact email.
ILLiad emails can also be caught by spam and junk filters. Please make sure that emails from our system are marked as safe.