ILL, or Interlibrary Loan, is a service that allows you to access material not owned by Hekman Library. By submitting a request, we will contact institutions across the U.S. and around the world to obtain material for you.
There is no charge for you to use Interlibrary Loan.
Books, dissertations, media (CDs, DVDs, VHS), journal articles, music scores, conference proceedings and microfilm may be borrowed on your behalf. If the material is owned by Hekman Library but has been marked as missing, lost or checked out, you are welcome to request a copy through ILL.
Factors that affect delivery time include the number of institutions that own the material, the popularity of the item and the distance of the supplying institution from Calvin University. Typically, articles arrive within 3 business days and books arrive within 1-2 weeks. We cannot guarantee the arrival date of any material and strongly recommend that you place your request well ahead of a deadline. If you don't receive notification in ten business days, use the ILL Status Request form.
Scans of an article or book chapter will be emailed to you. When books, media, or any physical item arrives, you will receive an email notification. Material can be picked up at the 2nd floor circulation desk. Items will remain on the hold shelf for 2 weeks. If they are not picked up within this time, they will be returned to the lending library.
The loan period is set by the lending library. The due date is strictly enforced with no grace period. To maintain our good standing with lending libraries, please be courteous and return ILL books promptly. InterLibrary Loan borrowing privileges will be suspended if items are overdue or fines are unpaid.
Yes, you may always ask for an ILL renewal. To renew, email email@example.com or call 616-526-8573. Renewals are granted or denied by the lending library. We cannot guarantee that a due date will be extended. Once we hear back from the lending library, you will be notified of the updated due date.
Late fines for ILL are $1 per day, per item.
If the book you need is checked out, you should request the book through MeLCat or ILL rather than placing a Hold on it.
Yes, if the item doesn't have to be returned to the lending library. Generally, ILL books can be kept for only a few weeks, and renewals cannot be assured. So, you may have to return it before you are done with it.
The lending library will send Hekman Library an invoice and you are responsible for the full cost of the invoice. The Hekman Library lost book fee does not apply in the case of lost ILL books.