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Interlibrary Lending Policy

Interlibrary Loan accepts ILL requests from other libraries via a variety of methods.  Please see below for our policies and additional information.

Acceptable methods of request transmission

OCLC, Web Form, Email, FAX, and U.S. Mail on an ALA form or institutional letterhead stationary.

Our OCLC symbol is : AUM
Our NUC symbol is: MU
Our library Homepage can be found at: http://www.library.umass.edu/

Fees for Interlibrary Loan

Preferred billing method: IFM within OCLC
Loans: $15.00 per loan (up to 5 volumes or 6 reels)
Photocopies: $15.00 for the first 50 pages. $5.00 for each additional 1-10 page increment.

Exceptions: BLC, Mass. Libs that do not charge, NELINET recip code signers, NECOP, RAPID

Books

Length of loan: 8 weeks use from date of receipt
Renewals: no
Shipping: Most materials are sent 4th class library rate.
Overseas Loans: yes - shipped via UPS or another traceable method. Return must be the same.

Periodicals

Periodicals do not circulate on Interlibrary Loan. Some exceptions are made for older, little used material, that is in good condition

Scans and Photocopies

Scans (PDFs) are supplied primarily via Odyssey or Article Exchange transmission software.  We may also supply via email or fax.  Photocopies may be supplied as a last resort via First Class Mail.

Media

Videos, DVDs and CDs are lent for 2 weeks use, no renewal.
Overseas Loans: no

Microfilm

Length of loan: 4 weeks use from date of receipt, 6 reel limit per order
Renewals: no
Shipping: All microfilm is shipped via UPS or another traceable method. Return must be the same.
Overseas Loans: yes

Doctoral Dissertations

We will lend the print copy of our dissertations if it is available, sending the microfilm copy if it is not. Purchase is also from UMI.
Length of Loan: 8 weeks
Renewals: no
Shipping: print copy same as books, microfilm copy same as for other microfilm
Overseas Loans: yes

Masters Theses

Length of Loan: 8 weeks
Renewals: no
Shipping: 4th class, Library Rate
Photocopies: We can only photocopy Masters theses when the request is accompanied by written permission of the author. Contact ILL if you need help obtaining this information.
Overseas Loans: yes - shipped via UPS or another traceable method. Return must be the same.

Comments, suggestions? Email: illdd@library.umass.edu

  • Interlibrary Loan - W.E.B. Du Bois Library
  • 154 Hicks Way
  • Amherst, MA 01003-9275
  • (413) 545-0553
  • (413) 577-3114