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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 or RAPID-ILL (TJC, preferred), email , ALA or IFLA form or equivalent. 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 library (OCLC: TJL) and Biomedical library (OCLC: TJM) are separate suppliers with their own policies and fee schedules.


  • Loan period: 12 weeks from date shipped.
    Renewals: 4 weeks. All loans are subject to availability and approval, and will be recalled if needed locally.

  • Charges:  $10.00 IFM or $15.00 invoiced. Tennessee, ASERL, ARL, and ATLA are exempt (except those which charge us). We may match your charges if higher. 
    International loans: US $20.00 or 3 IFLA vouchers, and should be returned via airmail or courier. 

  • Noncirculating: Periodicals, newspapers (except microfilm backfiles), reference, most audiovisual, entire e-books, streaming media.

  • Audiovisual/Media: 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; 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.


  • Charges:  $10.00 IFM, or $15.00 invoiced. Tennessee, ASERL, and ATLA libraries are exempt (except those which charge us). We may match your charges if higher. 
    International orders: Same, or 1.5 IFLA vouchers. 

    We generally will not scan long items that can be loaned.

  • Delivery: Odyssey, Article Exchange, email attachment, or post to Box.


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

Lending: 615-343-4781
Borrowing: 615-322-2408
Fax: 615-343-7276


Holdings in OCLC  (Symbol: TJC), NUC (Symbol: TNJ), ULS (Symbol: TNJ or TNV), etc.