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COLLECTIONS: Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery: Requesting articles or books through Interlibrary Loan

About Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan borrowing provides article delivery and short term loans of materials from a worldwide network of libraries. 

Contact Us

West campus
Room S-3410 Melville Library (3rd floor)
Email: ill@stonybrook.edu

Health Sciences Library
Health Sciences Tower, Level 3
Email: ill@stonybrook.edu

631.632.7133
Hours:  Monday-Friday  8:30am-5:00pm

 

Copyright Compliance

Users of the University Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery service accept responsibility for complying with United States Copyright Law.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user requests or uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. A library or archive may refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve a violation of copyright law.

For more information on Copyright, see the University Libraries Copyright, Fair Use and the Creative Commons guide.

About Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

What can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?

You may request:

Books
Book chapters
Journal articles
Dissertations
Musical scores
Sound recordings and visual materials
Newspapers on microfilm
Maps
Material owned by Stony Brook University Libraries that is checked out or missing

 

 What cannot be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Textbooks, required course material and material on reserve for classes
    Interlibrary loan is short term borrowing so the material would not be loaned for an entire semester; due dates are set by the lending libraries;   material is subject to immediate recall and some libraries do not allow renewals.
    The University Libraries do not have the staff available to process thousands of textbook requests.
     
  • Archival material, rare books, early printed books, manuscripts, bound volumes of journals and reference books are generally not loaned through interlibrary loan.
    Patrons may request on site usage of rare books and archives through the University Libraries’ membership in SHARES which includes the libraries of New York University, Columbia University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University.  Contact the Interlibrary Loan department at ill@stonybrook.edu or 631-632-7117.  You can also visit our office between the hours of 9am-4pm.  We are located in room W2510 in the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library.
     
  • New fiction titles may not be available for interlibrary loan.
     
  • Items the library owns in another format; for example, if the library owns a print copy, an interlibrary loan request for an audio book version will not be filled.
     
  • Multiple chapters from the same book (published from 1923 to present) or sizable portions of the same journal, due to copyright restrictions.
     
  • Due to licensing restrictions, ILL requests for electronic books (e-books) cannot be filled.  
     

To avoid delays in processing your request, please be sure the item you are requesting is not a restricted item.  If you have questions about what can or cannot be requested through interlibrary loan, please contact us.

 

Limits on Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery requests

The number of active interlibrary loan requests will depend on patron status.  ILL requests in excess of the stated limit will not be filled until borrowed material is returned.  Please plan accordingly. 

Please speak to Interlibrary Loan department staff if you require special consideration regarding these limits.

Faculty: 100

Graduate students: 50

Undergraduate students and staff: 20

Patrons are asked to submit no more than 10 interlibrary loan requests a day. 

If you have a large number of ILL or Document Delivery requests to submit, please contact the Interlibrary Loan department to discuss your needs and any copyright considerations.

 

How long does it take to get material through Interlibrary Loan?

Most requests that can be delivered electronically are available within 24-48 hours.  Print resources can take much longer and are, on average, available within 8-10 business days.  

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