The Interlibrary Loan Department is here to facilitate the borrowing of materials from other libraries for your research needs. Be it a book, article, or multimedia item, if the FAU Library doesn’t have it the Interlibrary Loan Department will work to find a copy for you from somewhere else.
The Interlibrary Loan Department is located at the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton Campus. You are welcome to visit us anytime during our office hours. We are located inside the second floor computer lab on the west side of the building. Our door is the second door on the right on the west side of the lab.
All FAU enrolled students*, faculty, and staff have Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Privileges.
Palm Beach State College South Campus enrolled students, faculty, and staff are also extended Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Privileges through their FAU ILL account; PBSC does not have UBorrow Privileges through FAU.
Retired FAU faculty and staff have Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Privileges.
SUS Faculty, Visiting Researchers, and Library Volunteers may have Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Privileges with the permission from the Dean of University Libraries.
The FAU Library does not charge patrons for ILL Services. However, some lenders will only provide materials for a fee. In addition, items published within the last five years may also require a copyright fee to be paid for use. The FAU Library will cover the basic shipping costs on all requests, and will subsidize up to $12 per request for Graduate Students and up to $25 per request for Faculty members.
The ILL Office works hard to fill your requests at little to no cost to you. Any costs over the amount subsidized by FAU for each request will have to be paid by the patron. We will not charge your account without your written preapproval.
Yes! For articles, be sure to also include the journal title, the year, and the ISSN number (the unique 8 digit number used to identify a print or electronic journal) with the article title. For loans, be sure you include the ISBN number with the book title.
UBorrow allows patrons to directly request materials from participating libraries within Florida’s state University/College library system. This can cut down on the processing time for requests which can mean materials are delivered more quickly than traditional ILL Requests. Currently, you can only request books via UBorrow.
ILL Requests are open to all libraries that participate in the interlibrary loan of materials. Requests are not limited to books, but also include requests for articles, book chapters, and multimedia items. As ILL Requests are processed by staff and include lenders outside of Florida, it can take longer to receive materials via ILL than UBorrow.
Branch Campus Delivery and ILL Requests are made via your ILL Account. UBorrow Requests are made via your FAU Library Account. Step by step instructions can be found on the Requesting Items tab of this libguide.
Yes! You can add Authorized Users to your FAU ILL Account that will allow them to pick up your item for you. They will need to present their ID and either your ID or your Owl Card when they pick up your item. For more information, please see the Updating User Information section of the ILL Account Information tab of the Interlibrary Loan Help Guide.
Articles and Book Chapters will remain on your ILL Account for 30 days, before being deleted. You can download and save the file at any time during this period.
UBorrow items are loaned for a period of 45 days from the time the item arrives on campus.
For ILL Requests, the due date is set by the lending library. Generally this will be 4-6 weeks, but it does vary by institution and type of material.
UBorrow items may be renewed once, during the week before it is due.
ILL Article Requests may not be renewed.
ILL Loan Requests may be renewed on a case by case basis. All due date and renewal permissions are set by the lending library. The Interlibrary Loan Office will follow the guidelines set by the lending library and has no ability to override their decision with regards to any due date extension. If your item is eligible for a renewal, you will be able to request a renewal via your ILL Account the 10 days before it is due.
For step by step instructions on renewing your materials see the Renewing & Returning Items tab of this guide.
UBorrow items are just like regular FAU items, they will begin to accrue overdue fines after the due date. Items kept long enough will be charged a Replacement Fee and your FAU Library Account will be blocked until the item is returned and any fines/fees are paid.
The Interlibrary Loan Office does not charge overdue fees for ILL Loans. However, if the item is more than two weeks overdue, your ILL Account will be blocked from service until the item is returned or the replacement fee is paid.
Yes! Charges for lost materials, rush fees, copyright fee, handling fees, service fee, damage costs or any other fees associated with an interlibrary loan transaction may be paid by credit card via the FAU Marketplace.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a request for a photocopy of an item, if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
ILL Requests must be for a single chapter or article per request. Borrowing libraries must also follow the CONTU Guidelines:
CONTU Guidelines for copying from periodicals apply only to materials less than five years old (known as part of the "rule of five").
Up to five articles may be copied from a single periodical in one calendar year (known in part as the "rule of five").
A library with a subscription for a periodical which is not immediately available may consider a copy obtained from another library as if made from its own collection.
All ILL requests must be accompanied by a copyright compliance statement from the requesting library.
The requesting library must maintain records of all requests and of their fulfillment.
These records must be kept for three calendar years after the request has been made.
No more than six copies of articles/chapters/small portions (20% or less) may be made from a non-periodical (including a book) during the entire term of copyright of the work.
The library may need to pay a fee to obtain copyright permission directly from the copyright holder or from a copyright representative for obtaining more than five copies with dates more recent than five years.