Interlibrary Loan Policies

Non-Vanderbilt individuals should contact their home library to initiate borrowing requests. Please email for any assistance.

We accept requests via OCLC (TJC), ALA (transmitted via mail, fax, etc.), letterhead, or email. Requests must originate from the borrowing library.

We do not mail books between December 10th and January 2nd (copy service is not affected).

The rates quoted here are general, and do not apply if we have an established reciprocal or consortial agreement. Please note that our Law (OCLC: TJL) and Biomedical (OCLC: TJM) libraries are separate suppliers with their own policies and fee schedules.


Loan period: Material is due back for check-in here 6 weeks from date shipped. Renewals: 2 weeks All loans are subject to availability and approval, and will be recalled if needed locally.

Charges:  $10.00IFM or $15.00 invoiced, or TJC coupon. Tennessee, ASERL, and ARL are exempt (except those which charge us). No charge to ATLA libraries on loans from our Divinity Library. We may match your charges if higher.

Noncirculating: Periodicals, newspapers (except microfilm backfiles), reference, most audiovisual.

Audiovisual/Media: Effective May, 2010, our largest a/v collections no longer circulate for ILL. However, we lend whenever possible. When loaned, use period may be shorter, restrictions may apply, and loans should be returned via FedEx or equivalent.

Dissertations (doctoral): Lend all, except to non-lenders; 1952+ also available from ProQuest/UMI. Theses (master's): Lend all, except to non-lenders.

Government documents: Lend (but out-of-state ask closer regional depository first); US GPO selective depository since 1884.


Charge for estimate: $3.00 maximum, but generally free.

Charges:  $10.00IFM or $15.00 invoiced. Tennessee and ASERL are exempt (except those which charge us). We may match your charges if higher.

We generally will not photocopy long items which can be loaned. We have no in-house facilities to produce microfilm or microfiche, but may be able to arrange commercial reproduction if required



Interlibrary Loan Service
Jean & Alexander Heard Library
Vanderbilt University
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN   37203-2427 USA

Lending 615-322-1029
Borrowing 615-322-2408
Fax: 615-343-7276

Athena, ARL, ASERL, ATLA, CRL, Kudzu, SCUU, TRS Agreement.
Holdings in OCLC (Symbol: TJC), NUC (Symbol: TNJ), ULS (Symbol: TNJ or TNV), etc.