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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan is a library-to-library lending service.  If the Providence Library does not have an item that you need for your research, the library can borrow it for you from another library.  Returnable items usually arrive in less then 5 days, but it's best to allow at least 10 days.  The lending library may send books via UPS, Fed-EX or USPS.  Articles are usually sent via e-mail..

What Can I Borrow via Interlibrary Loan?

The Library borrows books, journal articles and other materials via interlibrary loan.  Items not generally available include materials already owned by the UP Library, textbooks used in current classes, entire issues of journals/magazines and most AV materials.  Returnable materials (books, etc) cannot be sent out of state.

How Much Does it Cost to Order Material via Interlibrary Loan

The Providence Library does not charge for borrowing materials, but a lending library may charge a fee.  The library is a member of LVIS (Libraries Very Interested in Sharing) a consortia of libraries that do not charge each other for borrowing materials.

When an item is only available at a library that charges, the library will pay up to $20 of the charge.  We will contact you if the charge will be more than $20.00

If material is lost or overdue, the patron is responsible for overdue fines or replacement costs levied by the lending library. The library assesses an overdue fine of 50¢ per day for interlibrary loan materials.

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