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Interlibrary Loan at The College of St. Scholastica Library: Interlibrary Loan Requests

Use this guide to assist you in requesting materials from other libraries.

Distance Users

Distance users can have physical items shipped to their home address. They can also receive electronic copies of chapters and articles to their CSS email. When submitting a hold request or an interlibrary loan request you can select Home Delivery under Pickup Location and enter your addressYou can also respond to the arrival notice with your shipping address and ask for items to be shipped. Physical item requests are shipped by USPS. Items are shipped free of charge, but distance users are responsible for return shipping. Please allow time for processing and shipping. If we need to borrow the book from another library, delivery will be slower. 

If you experience any difficulties or have questions, please email ill@css.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

Delivery speeds are dependent on staffing at the CSS library, staffing at the lending library, the availability of the requested material, and shipping speed. Most articles are filled within 24 hours on business days. Books typically arrive within 3 business days.


Q.  HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN MY ILL REQUEST ARRIVES?

Articles - You will receive an email with the subject "The article you requested" or "Delivery of Minitex Referral Articles" which will give you instructions to access your article on a remote server.  You have a limited number of logins and days to access the article. It is best to download and save the article immediately. *NOTE: Articles come as PDFs; therefore you will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer.

Books, DVDs, CDs, etc. - You will be emailed a notice to your CSS email account when your item has arrived. Once you receive this, you may pick it up at the Library's Circulation Desk. If you are a distance student and need the item shipped to your home address you may respond to the email with your shipping address.

 

Q.  CAN THE ARTICLE BE DELIVERED TO ME BY EMAIL?
Yes. Articles and book chapters are sent to your CSS email. 

When you request an article to be sent to you electronically an email message with be sent to you with a link, password, and instructions for downloading the document. Most articles will remain on the server for 3 viewings or for 7 days after the notification is sent. 

 

Q.  AM I ALLOWED TO PRINT AND SAVE ARTICLES THAT ARE DELIVERED TO MY EMAIL?

Yes. You may print and save the articles that you receive electronically. The copyright restrictions are listed so patrons are aware that they may not share, post it online, or perform any other action that would extend beyond "fair use" according to the copyright law of the United States. 


Q.  WOULD I EVER HAVE TO PAY A FEE?

ILL is paid for by the library and provided at no charge for CSS faculty, staff, and students. 


Q.  WHEN ARE ILL BOOKS DUE?

Due dates are set by the lending Library. Generally, materials are lent out for 4 to 16 weeks. See the paperwork included with the item at checkout for an exact due date. 

 

Q.  HOW DO I REQUEST A RENEWAL?

Log into ScholastiCAT. You will see a list of items you have checked out. You can select items you'd like to renew. Log into ScholastiCAT daily to check the status of your renewal request. You may also respond to email notices to request a renewal.

 

For questions about your ILL requests, please email ill@css.edu, or by phone at (218) 723-6178.

 

 

ILL request form

Use the following form to request a book, journal article, or other item through our Interlibrary Loan System.