Interlibrary loan borrowing provides article delivery and short term loans of materials from a worldwide network of libraries.
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.
What can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?
You may request:
Sound recordings and visual materials
Newspapers on microfilm
Material owned by Stony Brook University Libraries that is checked out or missing
What cannot be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?
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.
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.