Prince William (VA) Public Libraries
Welcome to Interlibrary Loan!
Frequently Asked Questions about Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
What is ILL?
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the cooperative process of borrowing materials from and lending materials to other library systems throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, and any U.S. territory, e.g. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Who is eligible to request an ILL?
To be eligible to use ILL you must:
How do I request an ILL?
How long does it take to obtain requested material?
Most materials arrive within 4-6 weeks of the date of the request. To check the status of a request go to ILLiad.
Are there any fees for the service?
Effective July 1, 2010 a $3.00 cost recovery charge will be charged for every ILL request filled. The $3.00 cost recovery charge is due at time of pick-up. In addition to the $3.00 cost recovery charge, you may be charged a fee from the lending library, although we make every attempt to find free lending libraries. Lending library fees must be paid at time of pick-up.
What does "in-library use only" mean?
"In-Library use only" means that the material may not be removed from the library. The "in-library" use restriction is imposed by the lending library. The lending library determines restrictions and use of material. This material cannot be removed from the library. All microforms and some print material are subject to this restriction.
How is the due date determined?
The lending library or institution determines the loan period, following their due date policy.
Can I renew my ILL?
No, ILL materials cannot be renewed.
Can I return my ILL in the Bookdrop?
No, ILL returns may not be placed in
the Bookdrop. All items must be returned in person to the circulation desk at any
Are there overdue charges for late material?
What if I lose or damage ILL material?
Patrons will be billed for lost and damaged materials at replacement costs established by the lending library. There is a $5.00 non-refundable processing fee.
If you have lost or damaged ILL materials, contact the ILL Office or by phone (703) 792-4894.
How do I request Census Microfilm?
You may request Census microfilm through the Latter Day Saints Microfilm Program, which offers census microfilm and may be obtained through RELIC, which is located in the Bull Run Regional Library. For further information, please contact RELIC at (703) 792-4540. Please use the microfilm request form.
What is ProQuest's Dissertation Express?
Dissertation Express is a service offered at no charge through the ILL office. It gives
patrons the option of buying unbound, shrink-wrapped copies of dissertations or thesis at
$38.00 each, instead of borrowing them through ILL. In most cases, the dissertations
are delivered to the library for pickup within two to three business days of ordering. To
request a dissertation for loan or purchase, click the Request a Dissertation button on the
Main Menu of ILLiad. Once it has been determined the requested dissertation is available for purchase, you
will be contacted to submit a check for $38.00 made payable to: ProQuest. Once the check has been
received in ILL, the order will be placed. If the dissertation is unavailable for purchase, we will cancel
the request and ask if you would like ILL to obtain it as a loan for you. You will need to resubmit the request
by clicking the View/Resubmit Cancelled Requests button and enter a note that a loan is acceptable.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of
photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.