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The Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Service — also known as ILL/DDS — aims to obtain materials such as books, periodical articles, theses, dissertations, conference papers, etc., which are not available at LAU Libraries but requested by faculty, staff and students for research or teaching purposes.

Who may borrow?

LAU faculty, staff and students who are in good standing and hold a valid ID are eligible to use the service. Borrowers with overdue Library or interlibrary loan items or whose records are otherwise blocked won’t be eligible until their records are cleared.

User Category #of items/semester Loan Period/
Eligible Materials Charges Delivery
/Pick Up
Undergraduate students 25 Varies by lending library loan policy Books/Articles/Theses and Dissertations/Audiovisual and microfiche subject to availability/ Free of charge Email/phone notification upon receipt of requested item(s).
Graduate students 35
Staff 25
Faculty, full-time 50
Faculty, part-time 20
Physician 50
Alumni with Library subscription 10

Note: High-demand, rare, fragile, valuable, archival and non-circulating materials are not available for loan through this service.

Submitting Requests

LAU faculty, staff and students are required to submit their requests online only.

Processing Time/Books Processing Time/Articles Time Awaiting pick up Before filling out a request, check
3-5 days from a local library 2-3 days 7 days after notification Library Catalog
2-3 weeks from an overseas library   Find E-books, Find E-journals
      Online databases
Multiple requests may be filled using a single form.  

Returning Borrowed Materials

  • ILL materials must be returned to the ILL/DDS department during regular Library hours.
  • The borrower is responsible for all costs associated with lost or damaged items.
  • The lending library assesses the charges for lost/damaged items accordingly.
  • If items are lost in transit or after they have been returned to LAU Libraries, the ILL/DDS Department will reimburse the lending library.

Note: Photocopies become the borrower’s property.

Copyright Restrictions

LAU Libraries observe copyright laws and regulations when furnishing photocopies or other reproductions. If a user makes a photocopy or reproduction to be used for the purpose OTHER than private study, scholarship or research (otherwise called “FAIR USE”), he/she may be liable for copyright infringement. Noncompliance with copyright laws and regulations may result in the suspension of ILL/DDS privileges.

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