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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?

You can send us an ALA request by any of the contact methods on the Contact Us page ยป


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.


How do you deliver requested articles?

Most of the USF libraries have the ability to deliver materials to you via ARIEL. Odyssey, and OCLC Article Exchange. The best method of delivery will be selected during processing. Should electronic delivery fail, articles will send via fax, mail, or email where licensing permits. 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. 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.

  • Serials
  • Reference materials
  • Some media formats (ex. albums, kits, audiobooks)
  • 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.

Service Charges
Library Loan Charge Loan Period Renew? Duplication Charge Rush Charge
Shimberg Health Sciences Library $11 30 days Yes $11 please contact the HSC Library for information
de la Parte Institute Library $15 6 weeks Yes $15 $10
Cook Library, Sarasota $15 60 days Yes $15 $10
Poynter Library, St. Petersburg $0 30 days No $15 N/A
Tampa Library $15 [non-profit] / $25 [for profit] 60 days Yes $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) via UPS or USPS for international libraries.

Most articles are sent electronically via Ariel, Odyssey, or OCLC Article Exchange. When articles are mailed, they will be sent out as First Class mail.


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 will be billed to the borrowing library. Replacement costs for lost materials will be billed to the borrowing library. 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.

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.

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