Services for Other Libraries
If you’re inquiring about USF InterLibrary Loan services for other libraries, please reference our FAQs below:
- Do you accept ALA or email requests?
- May libraries outside of the United States use your services?
- Can you deliver my articles via ARIEL?
- Under what circumstances would my library be charged for borrowing or duplication of materials?
- What kinds of materials are not available for loan or cannot be duplicated?
- How much do you charge for your services?
- How long will it take to receive materials from USF?
- Are rush services available?
- How do you bill for lost or damaged items?
Do you accept ALA or email requests?
You can send us an ALA request by any of the contact methods on the Contact Us page »
May libraries outside of the United States use your services?
Non-US libraries may place requests and receive materials from any of the USF libraries. Requests should be submitted using OCLC, fax, email, ARIEL, or US mail. Please include your maxcost and copyright compliance (if required) on all requests. If you elect to ARIEL, fax or mail us a request, we ask that you use the IFLA request form. International loans may be subject to additional restrictions and/or loan periods. Please contact the library in question for further information.
Can you deliver my articles via ARIEL?
Most of the USF libraries have the ability to deliver materials to you via ARIEL. Current exceptions include the de la Parte Institute (FMHI) Research Library and the USF in Lakeland Library. FMHI and USF in Lakeland will fax or e-mail a scan to a borrowing library. In some cases, there may be an additional charge for ARIEL delivery. Please contact the potential lender for further information.
Under what circumstances would my library be charged for borrowing or duplication of materials?
The University of South Florida libraries belong to organizations whose members receive loans and copies of articles free of charge (see above chart). The USF libraries also maintains reciprocal borrowing agreements with many individual libraries; we welcome new mutually beneficial agreements. For further information on reciprocal agreements, please contact us.
What kinds of materials are not available for loan or cannot be duplicated?
In general USF does not lend any of the following materials.
- Reference materials
- Video cassettes/DVDs
- Audio cassettes/CDs/records
- Special Collections materials
- Psychological tests
- Non-circulating copies of theses and dissertations
Music scores held in Tampa Library Special Collections may not be duplicated. Journals and books held in an electronic format may also be unavailable for the purposes of duplication.
Please contact the ILL unit at the library in question for more information.
How much do you charge for your services?
Please use the following information as a general guide and direct specific questions to the ILL unit at the library that houses the material you need.
|Library||Loan Charge||Loan Period||Renew?||Duplication Charge||Rush Charge|
|Shimberg Health Sciences Library||$9||30 days||Yes||$9||please contact the HSC Library for information|
|de la Parte Institute Library||$15||6 weeks||Yes||$15||$10|
|Cook Library, Sarasota||$10||30 days||Yes||$10||$10|
|Poynter Library, St. Petersburg||$0||30 days||No||$10||N/A|
|Tampa Library||$15 [non-profit] / $25 [for profit]||60 days||No||$15||$10|
|USF in Lakeland Library, Lakeland||$15||30 days||No||$15||$10|
How long will it take to receive materials from USF?
In general, we process requests within 24 hours of receipt and send materials back out within 72 hours. Loans are mailed out (excepting DLLI libraries in the state of Florida) at library rate. Borrowing libraries may request private parcel service (i.e. UPS or FedEx) providing that they incur all expenses and make arrangements for parcel pickup.
When articles are mailed, they will be sent out as First Class mail. Ariel delivery is available, in most cases, from all of the USF libraries except the de la Parte (FMHI) Institute Research Library and the USF in Lakeland Library. Ariel delivery is not guaranteed unless prior arrangements are made between the borrower and lender. Facsimile delivery is generally only available for rush requests, and does sustain additional charges.
Are rush services available?
Rush services are available in most cases, dependent on staff/material availability. Please see the charges outlined above for information about additional costs. We strongly recommend that you contact the library before submitting rush requests to ensure that we can process your request in a timely fashion.
How do you bill for lost or damaged items?
Materials that are sent through interlibrary loan and are lost or damaged are the responsibility of the borrowing library. Replacement costs for lost materials will be billed to the borrowing library with a service fee. Damaged materials will be evaluated to determine whether replacement of the material is necessary. Replacement costs for materials damaged beyond further use will also be billed to the borrowing library with a service fee.
Bills for lost materials must still be honored in the event the materials are returned after the bill has been processed and sent.
Interlibrary loan services will be suspended for any library that has outstanding unpaid charges.