The Catholic University of America

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

 

Information for CUA Borrowers

Before You Submit a Request: Things to Know

  • This service is only for current CUA faculty, students and staff.
  • Students at the Columbus School of Law submit ILL requests at the DuFour Law Library (http://www.law.edu/library).
  • All other library users should submit ILL requests through their home institution or local public library.
  • Each user may only submit three requests per day.
  • Loan requests take approximately 2-3 weeks to fill and you will receive an email notification when items are available.
  • Before submitting a request, check the WRLC Libraries Catalog to see if the item(s) you need is available in the Washington Research Libraries Consortium. If it is, you will receive the material more quickly if you request it via Consortium Loan Service (CLS); submit a CLS request by selecting the "Request" link on the right side of the item record in the catalog.
  • Loans are available for pickup at the Mullen Library Circulation Desk.
  • Articles are sent electronically and are made available through your My Library account.
  • A few libraries do charge for lending materials. University Libraries will cover up to $30 for those items; in the rare instance that the lending library's fee exceeds $30, a CUA staff member will email you to see if you wish to pay the additional cost.
  • The loan period for an ILL item is set by the lending library, and typically ranges from two to four weeks from the date the item is received at CUA. Failure to return an item by its due date will result in a fine or temporary suspension of your library privileges.
  • Overdue fines are $1.00 per day. Replacement costs of material are determined by the lending institution.
  • Unlike WRLC materials, ILL renewals are granted at the discretion of the lending library. Please contact the ILL department at 202-319-5063 / lib-ill@cua.edu before the due date, or inquire at the Mullen Library Circulation Desk about the possibility of an ILL renewal.

How to Submit an ILL request

  1. Go to the ILL link provided via your My Library Account. If you have difficulty logging in to My Library Account contact the Circulation Desk at 202-319-5060 / lib-circulation@cua.edu.

  2. Fill out the form for each item you want.
    If you require the entire publication choose the option Request a Book.
    If you require an article or a book chapter, choose Request an Article.
       - Loans are available for pickup at the Mullen Library Circulation Desk.
       - Articles are sent electronically and are made available through your My Library Account.

  3. Include as much information as possible. Any incorrect or incomplete information may make it difficult to complete the task. If more information is needed, you will receive a clarification request.

  4. The following tutorial is also available: How to Submit an ILL Request Tutorial

 

Information for Outside Borrowers

Access/Fees/Loan Periods/Policies

Libraries and institutions not affiliated with CUA are also invited to make requests for Catholic University of America material. Requests are processed via the OCLC ILL system, ILLiad, by using our library symbol: DCU.

If you are not a CUA faculty member, student or staff member, submit a request through your home institution or local public library.

Access

Before submitting any request it may be helpful to check the current availability of the desired resource by finding it in our catalog. Our catalog is available as part of the Washington Research Library Consortium Catalog (locate “CU” next to catalog entry).

Fees

  • Loans: $10 within the United States, $25 for international (IFLA vouchers preferred if not submitting request via Worldshare or ILLiad)
  • Articles: $10 worldwide
  • Copies of Theses/Dissertations: please see our link about Theses/Dissertations

Loan Periods, Renewals, and Recalls

  • The standard loan period for an item is 8 weeks from the date the request is filled.
  • Renewal requests are not honored.
  • We reserve the right to recall items before the assigned due date.

Policies

  • Any restrictions will be clearly indicated on the book strap.
  • Do not affix any type of adhesive to our items (i.e. tape and "removable" labels).
  • We do not offer rush services.
  • We have several non-circulating collections: Rare Books, ICOR, Semitics, and Central Reserves. Scans from these collections may be available at the discretion of the library staff, but items from these collections are not available for loan.
  • Materials Not Available for ILL
    • Entire volumes of journals/periodicals
    • Newspapers
    • Microfilm reels
    • Microfiche
    • Rare items
    • Reserve materials
    • Reference materials
    • Audio-visual Materials
    • Maps
    • Items in poor condition
    • Items that are specifically marked as non-circulating in our catalog

 

Contact Information

  • Phone: 202-319-5063
  • Email: lib-ill@cua.edu
  • Postal Address:
       The Catholic University of America
       Interlibrary Loan Department
       123 Mullen Library
       620 Michigan Avenue
       Washington, DC 20064
       USA

 

 

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