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Interlibrary Loan and Frequently Asked Questions


Question: How long does it take to get an ILL?

Typically, material owned by one of the USF campuses is available within 3-5 business days (assuming the material is on the shelf and not checked out to another patron).

When it is necessary to obtain materials from non-USF institutions, the wait is approximately 2-4 weeks. Your request is processed within 24-hours of receipt — the delay is incurred while awaiting action by the lending library, over whom we have no control.

You can help speed the process by:

  • only using abbreviations when your source citation uses them
  • providing complete citations
  • check the USF Catalog first
  • make sure your contact information in ILLiad is current
  • include an ISBN/ISSN or an OCLC/WorldCat Assession number in your request