Interlibrary Loan is a free service that enables students, staff, faculty, and retirees to borrow materials from other libraries and universities.

Place requests, renew items, and keep track of your requests with your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account at Accounts & Apps.

Frequently Asked Questions about ILL

Learn more about InterLibrary Loan (ILL) services with answers to frequently asked questions.

Interlibrary loan and document delivery services are available to:

  • SRSU faculty and staff
  • Currently enrolled SRSU graduate and undergraduate students
  • Retired SRSU faculty and staff

RGC students, staff, and faculty (Uvalde, Del Rio, and Eagle Pass) utilize the corresponding Southwest Texas Junior College Library building as a hub for Interlibrary Loan pick-up.

Before submitting a request, check to see if the item is available through the SRSU Library or as an online open-access publication. Requests submitted for library materials owned by the SRSU Library or available free online will be provided via document delivery or canceled, and requestors will be directed on how to access the materials accordingly.

Items available to be requested via ILL:

  • Books
  • Book chapters
  • Conference proceedings
  • Dissertations
  • Print or electronic journal articles
  • Audiovisual materials (DVDs, videos)
  • Microfilm
  • Microfiche

Materials that are available to request but often difficult to obtain:

  • Rare or delicate materials
  • Reference materials
  • Software
  • eBooks
  • Maps

To place a request, log in to your InterLibrary Loan (ILL Account) using your LoboID and password (see all accounts at Accounts & Apps). The library’s ILL management system, OCLC Tipasa, allows users to place requests, track the progress of their requests, apply for renewals, and view a complete history of their requests. When placing a request, users will be prompted to complete the ILL form. Indicate the type of material you are requesting (book, journal article, book chapter) and complete the citation information. Citations should be as complete as possible and abbreviations should be avoided.

ILL requests can also be submitted through the Request this item through Interlibrary Loan button while searching in:

Delivery times are dependent on availability, the type of material, and the distance from the lending library. Most loans requested through Interlibrary Loan will arrive in about 2-4 weeks, but in some cases, it may take longer. Most articles are received in about 1-3 business days.

The lending library determines the loan period for items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. Standard loans are between 2-6 weeks in most cases. Loans that are sent as “Library Use Only” can only be accessed from within the building. All ILL materials are subject to recall from the lending library. When a recall occurs, patrons must return the item immediately to avoid fines and fees.

Renewals are provided at the discretion of the lending library. Please submit renewal requests at least one week prior to the due date of your materials.

Renewals can be requested by accessing your InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Account or by contacting the ILL Department by phone or email.

The copyright law of the United governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Photocopies or other reproductions can only be furnished under the following criteria:

  • Private study
  • Scholarship
  • Research

Use of the reproduction for any other purpose may make the user liable for copyright infringement.  This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve a violation of copyright law.

Books and other Interlibrary Loan materials must be returned by the due date. Items can be returned at the Front Desk or at our 24-hour book drop on the right side of the building. Patrons are financially responsible for items that are not returned, lost, or damaged.

Removal of the ILL label, band, or slips from any ILL materials may result in a fine. Repeated infractions may result in restrictions on future Interlibrary Loan services.


For additional information or assistance, please contact the ILL Department at 432-837-8310 or

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last updated: August 19, 2021