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The LSUSD library continues to offer a
full range of interlibrary loan (ILL) services.
If you need a journal article, book, or other item that the
LSUHSC libraries do not own, we can make requests to other libraries
throughout the country to get it for you as quickly as possible.
To make the process of requesting materials for interlibrary loan even
easier, we have posted the ILL forms on the LSUSD library web site under
the SERVICES heading.
Fill out the Word form online, and send it to us as an e-mail
attachment, or print out the form in PDF format, fill it out, and bring
it in. As always, we have forms here behind the circulation desk for
your convenience. Please be
sure to fill out the whole form, answer all the questions, and make your
request well in advance of the date you need the item.
The due date for the item and any charge there might be are
determined by t he lending library, not LSUSD.
The library obtains ILL articles through many different means.
The most traditional is the U.S. Postal Service.
It takes the longest, but it is the only way we can get certain
items from one place to another. The
most popular way of sending and receiving journal articles is Ariel, which
enables one library to scan an article and send it through the Internet
to another. Ariel
allows us to get a high quality copy of an article to you very quickly,
sometimes the same day the request was made.
Fax service is also available, but the copy quality is poor and
long-distance telephone bills add up.
There is a $5 surcharge on each faxed article.
We ask that you not request a fax unless it is for a clinical
The library is able to obtain most but not all requested materials free
of charge. We have entered
into reciprocal borrowing arrangements with several libraries throughout
the south central region of the U.S., and, as a result, we do not charge
each other for interlibrary loan transactions. Membership in this consortium has given us such great success
in saving you money and allows us to deliver articles to you as quickly
as possible. If we cannot
obtain an article, book, or other item through our regular ILL lenders,
we will have to go outside the consortium, and there will usually be a
charge by the lending library. Costs
for these materials tend to be between $9.00 and $15.00.
These requests also take longer to fill.
Another thing to consider about obtaining journal articles is copyright
law. For interlibrary
loans, the vast and murky copyright law can be simplified into a couple
of basic factors: time and amount.
Within any calendar year, a library is allowed to borrow no more
than five articles from any one journal published in the past five
years. After the
five-article limit has been reached, the library must pay copyright fees
to the journal to obtain additional articles published in the past five
years or wait to request the article until the next calendar year.
A library is also not allowed to borrow more than one article
from any one issue of a recent journal regardless of the five-article,
five-year limit. If a
library does request more than one article from an issue, it must pay
copyright fees on the additional articles.
In other words, even if no one else has made any requests for any
articles from a journal, we cannot borrow more than one article within
one issue without paying copyright fees.
Therefore, we are not able to request an entire issue or
supplement of a journal. Copyright
fees vary greatly from journal to journal.
Some are only $.10 per page while others charge a $30 base fee
and then $1 per page or more. The librarian will let you know if your request will require
paying copyright fees before she sends the request.
are some great changes on the horizon for the interlibrary service here
at LSUSD. This summer we
will be implementing a new system called ILLiad.
ILLiad will enable you to submit your ILL request to us via
computer. Also, and most
exciting, this system will allow you to access many of your articles
electronically if you desire. No
more coming into the library to pick up articles – all you will have
to do is logon! We will
update you closer to the time of implementation with more details and a
schedule of classes on this new system.
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