How is Interlibrary Loan being affected by COVID-19?

How is Interlibrary Loan being affected by COVID-19? More of my classes are online now than before, and I'm not on campus as often.


1. Book Loans Delayed

Due to COVID-related limitations in many libraries, and delays with the US Postal Service, book loans may longer than usual. Please try to use the Sprague Library's print and ebook collections and databases in the meantime.

2. Book Pickups

Books may be picked up either at the Access Services desk in the main lobby, or on the outside patio. Unfortunately we are unable to ship books to students and faculty who are unable to come to campus. If you cannot pick up your interlibrary loan books within the 10 day pickup period, please contact us for an extension.

3. Chapter requests

When possible, we encourage you to use the Book Section form to request a scan of the chapters you need. Copyright/fair use guidelines allow libraries to scan ~2 chapters, or up to 10% of the book (or 30 pages, whichever is less).

4. Request renewals early

Many libraries are extending due dates for items currently out. If your ILL is due soon, request a renewal in your Requests Portal before it is due to avoid needing to return the item to campus.

5. ILL requests may be delayed

Because many libraries are experiencing reductions in hours and staff, ILL requests may be taking longer than usual. We apologize for the inconvenience, but these are unusual circumstances. Typical turnaround time for articles or chapter scans is under 48 hours, and physical/print materials within 5-10 business days. Thank you for your patience!

6. Returns

The Sprague Library is renewing as many ILL books as we are able to. If you are in possession of any ILL books coming due, they may be returned at any time to the book drop in the lobby while the building is closed, or to the front desk. ILL returns are generally processed within 24 hours. No fines or penalties will be accrued during this time. If you are unable to drop the book off in person, items may be mailed to the library. We strongly recommend using a shipping method with tracking if you are shipping materials.

  • Last Updated Jul 11, 2022
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  • Answered By Montclair State Interlibrary Loan

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