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Access Services at the Daniel J. Kaufman Library & Learning Center: Interlibrary Loan FAQs


What is Interlibrary Loan?

  • A system that allows patrons from one library to borrow materials from another library.
  • Items are mailed (or sometimes sent electronically) from the lending library to the requesting library and patrons are notified when the items arrive.

Is there a cost for an Interlibrary Loan?

  • GGC students pay 15 cents per page for ILL articles (unless articles are delivered electronically and a link can be provided to the student). 
  • Occasionally, a lender will require a fee (usually $10-20) for Interlibrary Loans.  This cost will be discussed with the student prior to placing the order and must be paid up front.
  • GGC faculty and staff are not charged for ILLs.

What's the difference between GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan?

  • GIL Express permits GGC students, faculty, and staff to request books from other University System of Georgia (USG) schools.
  • Interlibrary Loan permits GGC students, faculty, and staff to request articles that may be obtainable from either a USG or non-USG  institution, and books from non-USG academic institutions in the United States.

How do I know which service to use?

  • Use GIL Express for books that are found in the GIL Universal Catalog and are available at a USG school.
  • Use Interlibrary Loan to request all articles or those books not available at a USG school.

How long does it take to get an Interlibrary Loan?

  • Usually 1-2 weeks for an article and 2-3 weeks for other materials.

Where do I pick up my Interlibrary Loan?

  • At the Circulation Desk in the Kaufman Library.

How long can I keep my Interlibrary Loan?

  • Students may keep ILL articles once they have paid the per-page fee (if required).
  • Faculty and staff may also keep their ILL articles.
  • The loan periods for all other ILL materials vary with the lender.
  • Renewals are sometimes not permitted by the lender. 
    • Call early to request a renewal:  678-407-5370 or 678-407-5317.

Can I borrow my textbooks via Interlibrary Loan?

  • Textbooks cannot be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.

What happens if I lose or damage an Interlibrary Loan item?

  • Please contact the Kaufman Library as soon as possible so we can determine the replacement and processing fees for the item.
  • Also see the Fines and Fees page.

How do I request a book or article via Interlibrary Loan?