The purpose of the ILL (Interlibrary Loan) service at UWA is to make available materials needed for research that are not in the library’s collection. This service is available for UWA undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff.

With certain exceptions, most types of material may be requested through ILL. The lending library determines whether an item can be provided. Items not obtainable through ILL include rare materials, archives, most reference materials, and bulky or fragile materials. Many libraries do not lend a-v materials, recordings, or recently published books. Please consult with the ILL department regarding these items.

BEFORE making ILL requests check to see if the library has the material in either paper or electronic format. Incomplete will not be processed.

Undergraduates may request ten items at a time.

Except for extenuating circumstances, patrons may request a particular item only once.

Students will NOT be notified of arrival of material, but may call the circulation desk at 652-3613 to inquire if their materials have arrived.

ILL materials may be picked up at the circulation desk during normal circulation hours. Students must present their UWA student identification card to pick up ILL materials. 

ILL photocopies requested by UWA faculty and staff will be mailed through the campus mail system.

ILL will not obtain textbooks in use at UWA.

Through reciprocal and resource sharing agreements, there is no charge for books or photocopies requested from member institutions of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL), or other institutions with which we hold reciprocal agreements. If the material you request cannot be obtained from a reciprocal lender, there may be a charge. Charges for books and photocopies average $10.00. 

Borrowers are responsible for all charges by the lending library, regardless of when the item becomes available, even if the item is not picked up from the Tutwiler Library. If you do not want to pay for an item, please enter -0- in the appropriate space on the request form.

The average time to fill an ILL through a NAAL lender in state is 5 days. This does not guarantee you will receive your materials by this time. If we need to use an out of state or non-reciprocal lender the process may take a few weeks. During high volume times, such as the end of a term, reception of materials may take longer. Please take this into consideration when requesting materials to ensure you will receive material when needed.

All ILL materials must be returned by the date indicated. ILL borrowers have a 7-day grace period to return materials. After the seventh day a fine of $1.00 per day for every day past the due date, including the grace period, will be charged. 

Renewals may be requested and are granted at the discretion of the lending library. ILL renewal requests can be made through the ILL department in person, or by Internet site. Please make renewal requests at least three days in advance of the due date.

Photocopied ILL materials may be kept by the patron. Please return all other ILL materials to the Tutwiler library circulation desk. Do not place ILL materials in the outside book drop.

The UWA library reserves the right to suspend or withdraw interlibrary loan services because of patron abuse, e.g. consistently returning material late, not picking up requested material, excessive loss of material, etc. 

The parameters of UWA ILL service are governed by the current copyright law and guidelines, the National Interlibrary Loan Code, the lending library’s policy, the NAAL Resource Sharing Program policies, and the UWA library policies and procedures.

For complete information on interlibrary loan services, see Annie Granec, or call 652-3677.