A free service that allows Adelphi students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials not owned by Adelphi University Libraries.

What is Interlibrary Borrowing?

Interlibrary Borrowing is a free service provided by the User Services department of Adelphi University to the Adelphi community. It is used to borrow materials that are not owned by Adelphi University Libraries. For example, you can request journal articles or book chapters that are not located in your home campus. Patrons are expected to conform to copyright policy in their use of materials. 

There is no charge for the service, but fines apply for overdue returns.

Who Can Use Interlibrary Borrowing?

The Interlibrary Borrowing service is available only to:

  • currently enrolled students
  • currently employed faculty and staff
  • emeriti and retired tenured faculty

All users must have a valid Adelphi University ID and an Adelphi University email address to use this service.

Alumni do not have Interlibrary Borrowing privileges. See alumni privileges for more information.

How Do I Make My Free Account?

  1. When you first log in to the Interlibrary Borrowing system, you will be prompted to fill out a one-time form.
  2. Review this page to make sure all of your user information is correct.
  3. Please ensure that you mark your correct home campus.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email. Contact us if you encounter any issues.

What Is Requestable?

  • Books and reports
  • Journal articles and book chapters
  • Conference proceedings and papers
  • Dissertations and theses

What Is Not Requestable?

  • Audiovisual materials (CDs, VHS, DVD)
  • Bound journals or single volumes
  • Curriculum materials
  • eBooks
  • Genealogical resources
  • Music Scores
  • Rare books/Special Collection items
  • Reference/Reserve Books
  • Popular Reading/New Books

Copyright Compliance

  • Materials made available via Interlibrary Loan is to support research, teaching, and scholarly activities of the University community. Interlibrary Loan copyright activities are governed by Section 108 of U.S. copyright law.
  • The CONTU (National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyright Works) Guidelines on Interlibrary Loan is the basis for the reproduction limits.
  • Within a calendar year, the borrowing library is allowed to obtain an institutional total of 5 photocopies of articles published within the past 5 yrs of the current year for any given journal or periodical title.
  • Users are expected to conform to copyright policy in their use of materials. Materials obtained through Interlibrary loan should not be reproduced for further distribution and CANNOT be placed on reserve.  However, faculty can contact their subject liaison librarian for ordering material to be placed on reserve.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse or limit requests, if, in its judgment, the fulfillment of the requested material exceeds fair use or constitutes copyright infringement.
  • View additional information about Copyright and Fair Use.
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