What is interlibrary loan?
Interlibrary loan is a service that the library provides to PSC students, alumni, faculty, and employees. It is the borrowing of items (e.g. books, articles) that we do not own from a library that does own it.
Users who aren't associated with PSC may also use this service for a fee of $6 per item.
What can be requested?
Anything can be requested except course materials available at Bobcat Bookstore, archival materials, rare books, and bound or unbound journals. Each lending library decides what materials they will lend. For example, many libraries do not lend new books or DVDs for 6 months to a year.
What does it cost?
It is a free service for members of the PSC community. The library pays the cost of requesting and shipping items.
For non-PSC users, we ask for $6 per item to help cover costs.
How do I request items?
If you are searching a library database such as those provided by EBSCOhost, ProQuest, or FirstSearch, you may select the link to "request item." Enter your contact information and then submit the request. The library will receive your request electronically.
If you have a citation, you may fill out a form at the front desk.
What do I enter for a library card number if I don't have one with PSC?
If you don't have a PSC library card number, enter your NUID. This is a required field set by the database vendor. We unfortunately can't turn it off.
How do I cancel a request?
Contact the library as soon as possible if you need to cancel a request. We may be able to cancel it before it is processed and charged for requesting it and, if relevant, shipping it.
How long does it take for an item to arrive?
Physical items may take 7-14 days to arrive depending on the location of the lending library and the USPS. Articles may take 2-3 business days if sent electronically.
How long can a physical item be borrowed?
Due dates depend on the lending library. If you need an item beyond the due date, contact the library so we may request a renewal for it. Please return items by their due date to keep the library in good standing with the lending library.
Can items be renewed?
Renewal of items depend on the lending library. If you need to renew an item, contact the library and we will request a renewal which may be accepted or rejected by the lending library.
Where do I pick up requested items?
Physical items can be picked up at the front desk and returned there or at the outside dropbox. Electronic items will be emailed to the account you provide.
What if I need a physical item mailed to me?
The library will mail physical items requested through interlibrary loan and those that we own. We do charge $3 per item to pay for shipping. Keep in mind that you are responsible for the item if it is lost in the mail and for paying to ship it back to the library.
An alternative is to use your local library to request physical items. This will not only save you shipping costs but will also get the item to you sooner by eliminating the delivery time between the library and you.