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Library Liaisons: Interlibrary Loan

The liaison librarians function as a contact between the departments and the Library. They share information about resources and solicit requests and suggestions for developing the library's collection.

Library Hours

Fall/Spring Semester

Monday - Thursday:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Semester Breaks

Monday - Friday: 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Summer Session

Monday - Thursday:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

(no classes in session)

Monday - Thursday:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Spring Break: Closed

Winter Break: Closed

Request Services

Click on the link to access the request form.

Having problems?

Having difficulty using the form? Questions? Contact:

Interlibrary Loan Faculty

Lori Macklin -

Library Acquisition Supervisor

Telephone: 301-546-0470

Priscilla Thompson -

Library Director

Telephone: 301-546-0466

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a borrowing privilege that is used to acquire books, journal articles, or multimedia that the library does not own.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Textbook requests are not accepted.
  • Some materials may be difficult to obtain, including bestsellers, books recently featured on TV talk shows, genealogical materials, special collections, rare books, expensive materials, or fragile items.
  • Loan periods for returnable items obtained through ILL vary widely due to circulation policies.  

Services & Policies

Who can borrow materials?

Interlibrary Loan can be used by enrolled students, faculty, administrators, and staff.

Are there any fees?

There is usually no cost related to this service.

  • If the item requested is only available from an institution that charges, the person making the request (requestor) will be notified. The requestor is responsible for any charges.
  • Costs incurred from overdue fines, lost books, or damage costs are the requestor's responsibility.

How many requests can be submitted?

Request no more than five items at one time.

What are the loan periods?

Book loan periods are usually for three weeks with one renewal before the due date. Books should not be returned in the book drop. They must be returned in person and handed to a Circulation Services staff person.

How long does it take to receive the items? 

Response and delivery time vary. Delivery may take between three days to three weeks. The requestor will be notified by telephone or e-mail when the item arrives. Items are held at the Circulation Services Desk.

Adherence to all copyright laws is the responsibility of individual patrons.

Interlibrary Loan Form