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About Interlibrary Loan

Location: Room 211 - Divinity Library
Phone: 615-322-2408 -- Fax: 615-343-7276 -- E-Mail:
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students, and their spouses or domestic partners, are invited to use ILL in order to obtain loans or copies of items that the Vanderbilt University Libraries do not own.

Faculty Delivery Service: Faculty may use the ILL system to request campus or electronic delivery of Vanderbilt Library materials.

Log in to your ILL account in order to initiate a request to borrow materials. Also, the "Find it @ VU" menu and many of the databases and catalogs provided by the Library include an ILL request option. Please make a separate ILL request for each book title, journal article, or other item that you want. You do not need to know which libraries have an item, but accurate and complete bibliographic information speeds processing.

Borrowing Service: Typical items that we obtain on loan include books, article reprints, scores, proceedings, et al. Whole periodical volumes, reference books, current textbooks, rare or fragile items, and newly published and popular titles may be difficult to obtain. Loans generally take 1-2 weeks to arrive (but delivery time varies widely). Borrowers are notified by email when an item is available. The use period and any renewal is determined by the lending library.

Copy Service:   Copies of journal articles may be requested through ILL. Copy service is subject to copyright laws and guidelines for fair use of copyrighted materials. Articles typically arrive within a week (with some variation), and are delivered electronically whenever possible.

Following Up On Your Requests: Check your ILL account in order to see the status of  outstanding requests.  We will notify you if we cannot satisfy a request. Please contact us at or 615-322-2408 with any questions, problems or comments.

The Vanderbilt Eskind Biomedical Library and Alyne Queener Massey Law Library provide separate interlibrary loan services for the VU medical and law communities. Non-Vanderbilt borrowers may view our ILL lending policies.