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Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Is there a cost associated with a request?

Most requests are free, but some may cost up to $20.00. Costs associated with a request are set by the lending library and are the patron's responsibility. You will be notified should a cost be involved prior to filling request.

Requests involving a cost must be approved by your professor.

Any books borrowed through an LCU ILL transaction should be returned to the LCU circulation desk or mailed to the LCU Library. Copies of articles are yours to keep.

Interlibrary Loan - What is it?

If you need a book or journal article the LCU Library does not own, an interlibrary loan service (ILL) is available for students and faculty to borrow items from other libraries. The process is very simple!

Before requesting ILL, check the LCU Library Catalog and full-text databases as well as Texas Tech Library and Lubbock Public Library for local holdings. Check your local area libraries by using World Cat and searching by title.

How do I make a request?

ILL requests are processed Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • If on campus, come to the library circulation desk with a prinout of the full citation. 
  • Email the full citation to  Please include your name, LCU student ID#, and address if document(s) or material(s) needs to mailed.
  • Contact Amanda Guthrie by email or phone (806)720-7333.

Response time varies depending on the lending library.  Requests may be filled in 3 days to 3 weeks.  Please allow time for the transaction. Length of the loan is set by the lending library.

You will be notified by phone or email once the materials have arrived.



The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified 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 a copying order if in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the Copyright Law.