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Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery

Borrowing Policy

We will try our best to get you the materials that you need, but there are a few exceptions to what we can borrow from other libraries. Please don't hesitate to ask us if you have a question about borrowing something.


Things we may not be able to borrow through ILL, though we will definitely try:

  • Theses and dissertations.
    • There are usually only few print copies of these and they are owned by the library of the university where they were published.
  • Recently published items (less than a year).
    • If it just came out, then other libraries likely won't have copies for us to borrow yet.
  • Bestsellers and mass market paperbacks.
    • If it's really popular here, then it's probably popular there too.
    • If you think it would be a good addition to our collection, then you can suggest we order it.

Items that CANNOT be borrowed through ILL:

  • Things we already own at any of the TU libraries. (Either in print or electronically)
  • Current textbooks.
    • This includes test preparation or review materials and required reading for classes.
  • Books that are really old, rare or fragile.
  • E-books.
  • DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs or other media.
  • Entire issues/volumes of periodicals or conference proceedings.
  • Musical scores.
  • Non-circulating materials (reference books, dictionaries, archival materials, special collections, etc.).
  • Patents, standards, specifications, technical papers.