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Get it @ Yale: Interlibrary Loan


COVID 19 - Get it @ Yale Service Updates

Scan & Deliver and Interlibrary Loan Article/Chapter Scans

Yale Library will continue to process interlibrary loan requests for articles and chapters (items not available from Yale Library) and Scan & Deliver requests (items available in the Yale Library collections). However, turnaround time for these services may be delayed, and the fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests is dependent on our partner libraries. We ask that you prioritize requesting items that are the most urgent for your research, course work, or patient care needs.

BorrowDirect and Physical Interlibrary Loan Services

BorrowDirect service has restarted as of September 25, 2020 with the addition of a Mail to Address option as of October 20, 2020. All interlibrary loan services, including the borrowing and lending of physical materials (such as books) have restarted as of October 7, 2020. Mail to Address is an option for Interlibrary Loan books and other physical materials borrowed through ILL, in addition to items borrowed through BorrowDirect. Please choose the Mail to Address option on the ILL or BorrowDirect request form when you make your request. 

Returning BorrowDirect and ILL Materials

If you are on campus or in the New Haven area, you may return BorrowDirect and ILL materials to any open library book drop. Otherwise, please keep these items until you return to campus; any overdue fines and fees will be waived. If you wish to return your material before you return to campus, please contact Ask Yale Library for options.

Information about library services during COVID-19 can be found on the library's COVID-19 homepage.

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What is it?
A free service for borrowing material not owned at Yale.

When do I use it?

After trying Yale collections and Borrow Direct.

Who can use it?
Current students, faculty, staff, fellows, post-docs, and alumni who have purchased library privileges.

How long does it take?
Depends on availability. Average turn around for an article request is 2-4 days and for a loan request is 9-12 days.

How long can I keep materials?
Determined by the lending library and may be recalled.


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Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Policies

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that allows Yale (YUL) users to request library materials from institutions all over the world. If a book, journal, dissertation, or other item is not available in the Yale library system or through Borrow Direct then the ILL department will attempt to obtain it from a global network of partner libraries. Interlibrary loan is a service based on cooperation between libraries to share materials. Yale participates in this cooperation as both a lender and a borrower of materials.

Yale University Library will attempt to borrow any material another library is willing to lend via interlibrary loan (ILL)

  • Libraries are generally willing to lend circulating materials such as:
    • Books
    • Audio visual materials
    • Music Scores
    • Microforms
  • Libraries will also provide copies (scans) of materials such as:
    • Journal articles
    • Book Chapters
  • YUL will attempt to borrow an item in an alternate format if so requested by the user
  • If an item is owned by YUL, but currently unavailable to the requesting user it may be requested through interlibrary loan
  • Users with fines, billed items, or overdue items recorded on their circulation account will not be allowed to check out interlibrary loan items from a service point
  • Lending libraries may impose limits on materials lent, which YUL will adhere to
    • Textbooks are often in high demand and it may be difficult for YUL to find a library willing to lend a textbook
      • Since ILL loan periods are often short, it would be unlikely a textbook could be borrowed through ILL for an entire semester
    • Newly published materials can be difficult to borrow through interlibrary loan due to availability and lending library policies on new materials
    • Due dates for interlibrary loan materials will vary from item to item as the lending library establishes the due date
    • Renewals can be requested, but are contingent on the lending library’s response, discretion, and policy

Warning of Copyright Restrictions


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than in private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The Yale University Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgement fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

1 37 C.F.R. §201.14

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