Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a resource share service. Participating libraries within the ILL community provide patrons with the ability to access materials which may not be a part of their current collection. ILL, in essence, grants an opportunity to borrow resources from other libraries.
The process begins with a patron's request at their home library. The home library acts as an intermediary. As the liaison, they identify other libraries with the desired item, places the request, receive the item, makes it available to the user, and also arrange for its return. Due dates and overdue fees for the borrowed material are set by the lending library.
Books and journal articles are the most frequently requested items. It is best to verify with your home library if items such as audio recordings, video recordings, maps, or sheet music are also items they choose to borrow. Additionally, it is recommended that patrons verify with their home library if there are any associated fees for particular interlibrary loan services.
The Booher Library's mission is to provides space, resources, and services in support of Seminary of the Southwest’s community of learning and formation. Traditional library practices are paired with new and innovative approaches to fostering information literacy and a lifelong love of learning.
In keeping with this mission, Booher offers ILL services to the following patrons:
Interlibrary loan is a free service offered to eligible Booher Library patrons. ILL requests are fulfilled by Booher obtaining requested research resources through the ILL community. There are no associated fees for seeking to obtain these items on the patron's behalf. However, in extremely rare circumstance lending libraries may impose a nominal fee. If this happens patrons will be contacted to verify if they agree to payment prior to Booher library proceeding to filling the request.
Digital items (articles, chapter copies):
Patrons will receive an email with a copy of the document attached to the email.