Inter-Library Loan is a service that provides access to resources at other libraries. When you've searched the Union College Libraries' catalog and databases and we don't have what you need, our free Interlibrary borrowing service is your best bet!
Allow a minimum of 2 weeks for delivery
Inter-Library Loan (ILL) is a service by which libraries are able to request to borrow items from other libraries in a specific consortium
Students, Staff, and Faculty may request items through interlibrary loan. Physical materials are library-use-only for students; staff and faculty are able to borrow them from the library.
ILL services are offered free of charge to the UC Community
Requests can be made by clicking the big green "request item" button on the bottom of the ILL subject guide homepage. Alternatively, follow this link. Please be sure to fill out this form accurately and with as much information as you have. Inaccurate forms may result in delayed request fulfillment or cancellation of the request. We ask that you please do not request ILL items in person or through email.
Please allow at least two weeks for items to arrive. Please understand that delivery time is dependent on the policy of the lending library; we do not have control over this.
Patrons will be notified via the email supplied on the ILL request form by the UC Library when their materials arrive. ILLs are delivered to the Cranford campus but are available to be sent intercampus to Plainfield or Elizabeth. Please bring your valid school ID when retrieving materials. No other form of identification will be accepted
Digital materials are delivered via a link and unique password sent to the patron's email address supplied on the ILL request form. At the end of the loan period access will be revoked.
Loan periods for physical materials are determined by the lending library. The library will inform borrowers of the due date when they come to pick up their materials. Make sure to let the UC Library know if you'd like an extension on the loan (see below). Digital materials are available for 30 days or 5 uses, whichever is first.
Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. Please contact the Assistant Director of Libraries, Kelsey Gallagher, for ILL renewal before the material is due: (908) 709-7507. If a renewal request is denied, materials will be due on their original due date.
Late fees, as determined by the lending library, will be passed on to the borrower who is late.
We ask that borrowers return materials in a timely manner so as to maintain the College's reputation.
Late fees are determined by the lending library. Patrons will be 100% responsible for all fees accrued for ILLs. Exceptions cannot be made because we are not the library that is receiving the fine payment and cannot alter another library's policy. We ask that borrowers return materials in a timely manner so as to maintain the College's reputation.