Interlibrary Loan

Books and articles not available in the Terteling Library's collection may be requested through interlibrary loan. Through interlibrary loan, the library can borrow books and obtain copies of articles from a network of libraries all around the country. This page provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about interlibrary loan.

How long does it take?

On average, interlibrary loan requests take 7 business days to arrive.  Often (but not always) article requests arrive within 3 business days.

Who can use it?

Interlibrary loan service is available to all current College of Idaho students, faculty, administrators and staff. Friends of the Library are also eligible for interlibrary loan services.  The library does not provide interlibrary loan services to Alumni.  Alumni and other guest library users are encouraged to utilize the interlibrary loan services of their local public library.

What is available?

Though we can request nearly any item owned by another library through interlibrary loan, some materials are less likely to be available. Most libraries do not loan materials such as videos, CDs, DVDs, dissertations, theses, textbooks, or musical scores. Very old, very popular or very new items (published in the last six months) can also be difficult to obtain. When placing requests for these materials, please understand that they may not be available through interlibrary loan due to lending library policy restrictions.

The library does not place interlibrary loan requests for items that are available in the library.  The library does not place interlibrary loan requests for textbooks (i.e. any books being used in a course).

May I request textbooks?

No.  The library does not place interlibrary loan requests for books being used in a current (or upcoming) course at the College of Idaho.

May I request fiction or graphic novels?

Yes. The library likes to support all of our students' reading interests and would be glad to request these items.  Note, however, that very new items (published in the last six months) or very popular items can be difficult to obtain.  The library often uses donated funds to purchase materials of this sort for the collection.  We welcome your suggestions for titles to add to the collection.  Send suggestions to [email protected].

May I request DVD's or videos?

Please contact a library staff member at [email protected].  DVDs, videos and other media can be difficult to obtain through  interlibrary loan (many libraries do not lend these items).  We would need to know the specifics of your request to determine availability.  Recent and popular films will nearly always be unavailable.

How much does it cost?

Most books and articles can be obtained at no cost to our library users.  A member of the library staff will contact you if we are unable to obtain a requested item at no charge to you.

How can I submit a request?

Submit book requests directly through WorldCat Discovery.  In WorldCat Discovery, pull up the detailed record of the book you want.  Under Availability click on Request Item and fill out the request form that follows.

Article requests may be placed directly through many of the library's subscription databases.  In these databases, pull up the detailed record of the item you wish to request and select the appropriate method to request the article.

Alternately, requests can be submitted using the Book Request Form and Article Request Form.

How will I know when something arrives?

The library system will generate an automated e-mail message when books arrive. (Please note that these messages sometimes wind up in junk mail boxes.)  Books will be held in the library for you for seven days but will be returned to their home libraries if not picked up during this time.

Most articles will be delivered via email, often through the Ariel document delivery service (a notification email will provide details on its use).  Again, please note that these messages sometimes end up in junk mail boxes.

How long will I be able to keep things?

Most interlibrary loan books will have a 28-day loan period.

Scans and photocopies obtained through interlibrary loan will always be yours to keep.

Will I be able to renew my interlibrary loans?

Please contact the library staff if you wish to obtain an interlibrary loan renewal.  Renewals are subject to the policies and approval of the lending library for each item and cannot be granted by Terteling library staff without confirmation from the lending library.

Whom do I contact with questions?

  1. Contact Dayle Winbigler, Library Services Coordinator or Shawndra Hoffer, Library Assistant, if you have questions about interlibrary loan.