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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services

Required time for ILL requests

undefinedMany uncontrollable factors affect fulfilling an ILL request.  Some examples are - shipping, distance between libraries, locating a copy, and item availability.  Due to these factors and others, while we are hopeful that a copy will be received through interlibrary loan, we are unable to guarantee their arrival.

To ensure the highest possibility that the item can be located and obtained by any patron deadlines, Booher Library asks all patrons to please allow a minimum of 10 working days (Monday - Friday) for all requests.  Also, please indicate any deadlines on the  request form.   Materials out of state, in high demand, or difficult to locate often take longer to obtain.


undefinedGeneral restrictions:

  • ILL services are available to current seminary students, faculty, and staff
  • Limit of 15 active requests per patron. 
  • Please do not remove book bands from ILL items.
  • ILL services are not provided for obtaining items that are currently part of the Booher Library collection.
  • Complete multi volume works comprised of 3 or more volumes cannot be obtained.
  • Complete journals cannot be obtained.
  • Items of unusual value or rarity cannot be requested.
  • Instructors may not put ILL items on class reserve.

Other general information:

  • Booher complies with restrictions placed by the lending library. (ex. - due dates, non-renewal of loans, etc.)
  • Replacement costs for lost ILL items will be the responsibility of the patron.  Prices for these items are determined by the lending library.
  • Booher library complies with regular copyright regulations.  A copy of the current Seminary copyright policy can be found here.
  • Lending libraries reserve the right to recall items.


undefinedDue dates are clearly displayed on the book bands attached to ILL items.  Patrons seeking to extend their loan period please understand that ILL items are on loan from lending libraries.  Therefore, renewals are at the sole discretion of the lending library.   

Please make arrangements for renewal by contacting the Booher Library at least 5 business days minimum before the due date.  We will request a renewal from the lending institution if there are no renewal restrictions.  You will be notified via email if the request has been granted.