What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a partnership with other libraries that allows our library patrons to obtain material that is not available in our library or through our online databases.
Who can use it?
Interlibrary Loan requests are limited to AFIT PERSONNEL ONLY. Non-AFIT users wishing to borrow our materials must place requests through their servicing libraries.
How do I use it?
When you cannot locate an item you need in the Library Catalog or in one of our online databases, you may enter an online Interlibrary Loan request using ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database). Interlibrary Loan staff will locate and request the item for you. This is a free service for AFIT students, faculty and staff. A maximum of six requests per person per day will be processed.
How long does it take?
Materials ordered through Interlibrary Loan arrive on average within 1-9 days, but may take longer depending on the speed of the lending library.
What can I borrow through Interlibrary Loan?
Please note: we are unable to fill requests for textbooks available in the AFIT bookstore.
Other libraries will generally loan material that they circulate to their own patrons. Often excluded are: reference books, course reserve books, rare books, microfilm, dissertations, technical reports or audiovisual material. Individual issues or bound volumes of periodicals are rarely loaned.
Why do I need to create an account?
Creating an account with ILLiad will allow us to process your requests faster. It will also allow you to track the status of your requests and download articles immediately once they are received. We believe that the benefits and features of this new system far outweigh the small inconvenience of creating an account, and we hope you do too.
We welcome your comments and suggestions as we implement our new ILL requesting process. Please let us know what you think!
WARNING OF COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain provisions specified in the law, libraries and other archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be 'used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.' If the user makes a request for and later uses a copy or reproduction for purposes in excess of 'fair use'" that user may be liable for copyright infringement. View our copyright information.
The AFIT Library reserves the right to refuse to accept an Interlibrary Loan request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violations of copyright law.