John Paul II Library - Franciscan University of Steubenville
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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
- What is an Interlibrary Loan?
- Who can use it?
- How does it work?
- How much does it cost?
- How long will it take?
- How long will the JPII Library hold my Interlibrary loan materials?
- Are there restrictions?
- Where is the Interlibrary Loan Office?
- Place an ILL request online


What is an Interlibrary Loan?
John Paul II Library provides access to journals and books in thousands of libraries through the Interlibrary Loan. If the articles or books needed for your research are not owned by the JPII Library, OPAL or OhioLINK, we will locate the needed items at another library and borrow them for you.
Who can use it?
Interlibrary loan service is available only to faculty, staff and students of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
How does it work?
First, fill out an online Interlibrary Loan Request Form. Print forms are also available at the circulation desk. The JPII Library will send your request to a library which owns the material you have requested. When the requested material arrives,  library it will be held at the Circulation Desk. Any charges for items borrowed must be paid in full before receiving them.
How much does it cost?
JPII Library does not charge for Interlibrary Loans. However, the library which is lending the item to us may charge. The cost for photocopies of journal articles usually ranges from free to $10, but it can also be more.
How long will it take?
If the ILL request form is filled out correctly, the item will usually arrive in 3-4 business days. A printout from the database with citations,  ISSN numbers and other information is very helpful. Abbreviations, incomplete or incorrect information on the request forms will delay processing. For help in verifying a citation or translating abbreviations, check with a Reference Librarian. 
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How long will the JPII Library hold my Interlibrary loan materials?
Interlibrary loan materials will be held for 10 days, then returned.
Are there restrictions?
Often, other libraries do not lend audiovisual materials, microfilm, reference,  rare books and technical reports. Doctoral dissertations are usually unavailable. We will attempt to borrow such materials if we can find libraries that lend them. It is possible to order photocopies of journal articles, but entire issues or volumes are generally not available through Interlibrary loan.
Where is the Interlibrary Loan Office?
The Interlibrary Loan office is located on the first floor of the JPII Library in the Technical Services area (next to the elevator). We are looking forward to serving you. Linda Franklin,, is responsible for Interlibrary Loan Services and will be happy to answer any of your concerns Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, 283-6220.
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