Interlibrary Loan

Request information from other libraries with our interlibrary loan service.

Need material not found within our University Library collection?

The Interlibrary Loan department supports the research of students, faculty, and staff by providing article delivery and short-term loans from other libraries.

Contact us to learn more, or explore the information below.


  • Before submitting a book request, check Encore, the Library online catalog, to see if the title you need is in our collection.
  • You may request a book or an article using these electronic forms. Renewals on books requested for interlibrary loan are up to the lending library. You may request a renewal using this electronic form. Paper forms are available at The Pope Pius XII Library.
  • Please include all the information about the materials you require and how you would like to be contacted when your materials arrive.
  • Plan ahead, as the response time from thousands of libraries cannot be predicted.


Whenever possible, interlibrary loans are a free service; the Library is a member of OCLC and Libraries Very Interested in Sharing (LVIS), which enables us to borrow on a reciprocal basis across the country. Only costs charged by lending libraries are passed on to you. This would be a rare occurrence.

Loan Periods

Any articles you request are yours to keep. Books are generally loaned for three weeks. However, interlibrary loan is not meant to eliminate the purchasing of textbooks or to by-pass the Library's reserve book system. Loans of ILL materials are not for the entire semester.


The due date is clearly written in each book you request. Failure to return your interlibrary loan promptly results in a $1.00 per day fine. Overdue books can jeopardize USJ’s borrowing privileges with lending libraries, so please return your materials by the assigned due date.


Each lending library sets the due date according to its loan policies – usually three weeks. Renewals are generally granted for two weeks. However, no lending library will renew a book that is overdue.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specific in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other 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 the copyright law.

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