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Interlibrary Loan: Guidelines for Borrowing Libraries

Borrow materials from other libraries if the U/C Library doesn't have something you need.

Guidelines for Borrowing Libraries

  • Loan period:  ILL materials are loaned for 28 days.
  • Renewal:  ILL materials may be renewed if there is no hold or request on the material. Contact the U/CL ILL Department at least two business days before the due date.
  • Lost or Damaged Material: In compliance with the U.S. Interlibrary Loan Code, borrowing libraries are responsible for the safety and return of borrowed material, including compensation (as determined by the lending library) to the lending library for the expense of replacement or repair of lost or damaged books or materials by their patrons. The U/CL cost includes a billing fee. Refunds are issued for materials that are returned within one year of the date due, minus the billing fee.
  • Cost:  The U/CL does not charge for the material that it loans.
  • Processing Requests:  Most requests are processed by the UCL ILL Department within one business day. However, it may take up to two weeks for the borrowing institution to receive the material.
Contact the ILL Department at 954.201.6658 if you have any questions.

Request for Exceptions

To ensure the availability of materials to its patrons, the University/College Library agrees to loan its materials to other libraries with the exception of items identified below. Requests for exceptions to these guidelines will be referred to the Associate Dean of Public Services.
  • Most materials in the general circulating collection are loaned. However, consideration is given to U/CL patrons' curriculum needs first.
  • Ready Reference, the open Reference Collection, Course Reserve material, leisure reading and DVD titles, videos, and kits are not loaned.
  • New books are eligible for loan after one year.
  • Materials in the Broward College Archives and Special Collections are not loaned; only photocopies are provided.
  • Materials are not loaned to private companies.
  • Classic or popular titles that should be available locally are not loaned (i.e., Huckleberry Finn).
  • Entire periodicals are not loaned, only photocopies of the requested article. 
  • U/CL materials in electronic databases are not loaned or copied due to licensing agreements.