If you request a book, please note that due to COVID-19, many libraries are not currently mailing any physical items. However, most libraries are filling requests for articles
How do I get materials not available in the Paul Meek Library?
Need to borrow materials not located in the Paul Meek Library? The process (called Interlibrary Loan [ILL]) acquires, for research or study purposes, materials from other libraries who are our research partners.
How do I request material?
First, log in to the interlibrary loan site - Tipsa. You may manage your requests for material.
How long does it take?
Interlibrary Loan requests can take from 1-4 weeks to fulfill but usually are supplied within 10 days. Factors which affect delivery include: type of item requested, item availability, and the lending library’s location. Interlibrary loan staff will notify you when an item arrives --you can always check the status of your request(s) by logging into your ILLiad account
How much will it cost?
The Paul Meek Library (PML) has agreements with many libraries and makes every attempt to procure items at minimal or no cost to the user. If lending libraries bill the PML, costs will be passed on to requestors. Requestors can indicate level of costs on the interlibrary loan form.
What types of materials are not borrowed on interlibrary loan?
Items generally not available are rare books, manuscripts, reference books, text books, genealogical materials, some dissertations and theses (especially foreign), videos, films, slides, whole issues of periodicals, and bulky or fragile materials which are difficult and expensive to mail.
What happens if I lose or damage a borrowed item?
The borrower is financially responsible for any damage or loss of materials from the time an item is picked up until it is returned. Please remember that photocopying may cause damage. If any damage occurs, do not attempt to repair the item.
WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of
photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be 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 violation of copyright law.