Q. What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and how do I use the service?


Interlibrary loan (ILL) supports the research of students and faculty by affording access to a wide variety of materials that are not owned, or accessible, by McKee Library. In order to facilitate access to a larger collection of materials, we foster collaborative and reciprocal borrowing-lending relationships with various types of libraries throughout the world.

Who May Borrow?

  • SAU Undergraduate students
  • SAU Graduate students
  • SAU Faculty and Staff
  • SAU Distance Education students

Interlibrary loan is not available to non-SAU students, alumni, community card holders, or docent card holders.

How Do I Borrow Materials?

Students and faculty must create an interlibrary loan account by clicking here.  The steps to create an interlibrary loan are as follows:

  1. Click on the “First Time Users” link and set up your account.
  2. After doing so, you will be able to request material from inside your account, or in the results page of a database search, by clicking on the link below a citation that says “request through interlibrary loan.”

What May I Borrow using InterLibrary Loan?

  • Journal articles related to class assignments
  • Books related to class assignments

What May I Not Borrow using InterLibrary Loan?

  • Required course textbooks
  • Materials that already reside in McKee Library's collections
  • Recreational reading, personal materials, and materials for relatives or friends
  • Whole periodical issues or volumes
  • Rare or valuable materials
  • Audio/visual items
  • Bulky or fragile materials

Turn-around Time

  • Books: 7-10 days
  • Journal articles: usually 2-5 days

If time is an issue, patrons should ask library personnel for assistance in securing immediate resources.

Copyright Law

McKee Library adheres to copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Any person using the library's services is liable for any infringement. 


SAU email accounts will be used for notification purposes including reports of overdue items.  Exceptional cases will be handled via telephone.

Length of Loans/Renewals

Most lending libraries will allow patrons to borrow a book for 3-4 weeks, with a possibility to renew for an additional 2 weeks. Those wishing to renew can submit a request through their interlibrary loan account by clicking here.

To express our appreciation to the lending libraries for this privilege we MUST return books promptly. Failure to return materials on time jeopardizes McKee Library's borrowing privileges with other libraries.


There are no interlibrary loan charges but the patron is responsible for all costs associated with lost or damaged materials. Charges will vary depending on the type of material lost.

Additional Questions and Help

For additional information on interlibrary loan services, please contact: Donald Martin, Electronic Services Librarian / Interlibrary Loan Manager at dvmartin@southern.edu or 423.236.2013

  • Last Updated Jun 02, 2016
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  • Answered By Jessica Spears

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