1. How do I request something through interlibrary loan?
- Check our catalog (WMS) and Journal Title Search to verify that the McGraw-Page Library does not have the materials you need.
- Most library databases include a Find It button on resources we don’t have access to. Click that button to login and place your interlibrary loan request.
- If the Find It button is not available, or you cannot find the item in a database, create or login to your TIPASA account (see button to the right).
- Complete the form to request a book, article, book chapter or other item.
- Track the status of all of your interlibrary loan requests via TIPASA, view a history of your past requests, cancel or resubmit requests, view due dates of loaned items, or submit a due date extension (renewal) request for a loaned item.
2. How quickly can I get materials through interlibrary loan?Due to possible mail delays as well as processing delays from our lending partners and safety steps we have implemented to protect library staff, your ILL borrowed print materials will likely not be available for you to pick up until 10 to 14 days from the date you place your request.
3. What kinds of materials can I request?
You can request the following materials: The following materials can only be requested after consultation with library staff: Because we are unable to control what due date a lending library may set for the return of their books, Interlibrary Loan is not a recommended method for obtaining course textbooks.
- Journal articles
- Items from special collections
- Bound volumes of periodicals
- Theses/dissertations (these tend to be difficult to get, but we always try our best!)
- Other audio-visual materials
4. How much does interlibrary loan cost?
Interlibrary loan is typically free for users, as the library pays borrowing and shipping costs.
If an item obtained through interlibrary loan is damaged or lost, however, charges may be passed on to the borrower.
5. How will I know when my interlibrary loan item has arrived?
You will receive an email to your Randolph-Macon email account when your item has arrived.
- Books can be picked up at the Library Information Desk during regular library hours. Interlibrary loan books not claimed within two weeks will be returned to the lending library.
- Copies of journal articles that arrive electronically will be sent to your TIPASA account drop box. The system will automatically send you a notice that your electronic item is ready for viewing. Please be sure to monitor your email's quarantine box, as occasionally the notices may end up there instead of in your inbox. You can see these articles by clicking on the 'View Electronically Received Articles' link. Articles that arrive as paper copies can be picked up at the Library Information Desk. Faculty who have elected not to receive electronic copies can also pick up their articles at the Library Information Desk.
6. How long can I keep an interlibrary loan item?
- Copies of articles are yours to keep. Articles received in your TIPASA account will be automatically deleted after 30 days, so should be saved elsewhere.
- Loan periods for books can vary, though most are loaned for eight weeks. If you need more time, log into your TIPASA account (see button to the right) and request a renewal or contact the Interlibraray Loan Office at email@example.com to have them place an extension request on your behalf.
7. How do I return interlibrary loan materials?
All loans (not articles) obtained through interlibrary loan should be returned to the Library using the book drop in the Library vestibule.