What is ILL? ILL is interlibrary loan, a service that enables our library to borrow materials -- usually books and articles -- from other organizations throughout the world. Through this service, the Cannell Library assists the scholarly research of Clark College's students, faculty and staff.
Material obtained on interlibrary loan is for the exclusive use of the individual initiating the request form and becomes the borrower's responsibility from the time of receipt until the material is returned to the Interlibrary Loan Office. The individual borrower is responsible for any infringement of the U.S. Copyright Law regarding materials on loan from other libraries.
Use interlibrary loan when the material you need is not available at Cannell Library:
You may also want to check the Fort Vancouver Regional Library System (FVRL) catalog to see if the material is located nearby. FVRL patrons can place a hold on most items using your FVRL library card.
Make sure your citations are correct. Incomplete and/or inaccurate citations often slow processing time. Please see a Reference Librarian if you need help completing citations. Completely fill out a separate request form for each item. Do not use abbreviations. If known, include ISSN or ISBN numbers.
Most libraries will not ordinarily lend the following types of materials: rare or valuable materials, whole volumes or entire issues of periodicals, videos, compact discs, cassettes, records, software, microforms, recently published materials, and reference materials. The decision to loan material is at the discretion of the lending library.
How much will an ILL request cost to make? ILL requests are usually free to Cannell students, faculty and staff even though ILL transactions are expensive. You will only be charged if we can not get the materials for free and only if you agree to the charges in advance.
Can requests be turned down? Sometimes a lending library cannot be found. Patrons are asked to limit requests to no more than five per day. Read the Interlibrary Loan Policy for other exceptions.
How will I be notified? For articles, you will be emailed a link that will direct you to a web site where your article will be posted. For other materials, your name will be posted on the whiteboard located at the east end of the Check Out Counter when your material arrives. Patrons will be contacted by e-mail if you have provided us with an e-mail account. If you do not have e-mail, then you will be contacted by telephone or regular mail.
Borrowers should make every effort to complete their work with ILL materials within the original loan period. If a renewal request is necessary, notify the ILL office at least three days before the due date. The ILL office must contact the lending library for permission to renew.
Some libraries will stipulate the following restrictions on materials they lend: library use only, no photocopying, no renewals, and subject to recall.