Interlibrary Library Loan

Interlibrary Library Loan (ILL) is a system in which one library borrows a book or requests a copy of a journal article from another library on the behalf of its students, faculty, and staff.

Usage Policies:

Interlibrary loan (ILL) services should be used (only) when a book or a journal article cannot be found using the library’s Online Catalog, Online Databases, eBook Collections, Full-Text E-Journals, or PASCAL Deliver Services. 

If the book or article you desire is not found, you may complete the Online Inter Library Loan Form and submit or obtain a printed (ILL) form from the library’s information service desk, main (plaza) level.

ILL Procedures:

Complete an Interlibrary Loan Request Form to include title, author, publication date, and publisher about the book, article or item to be borrowed.


Many items are sent no cost. However, some lending libraries may require you to pay for (ILL) services. The library will try its best to obtain materials at no cost.

Delivery Time:

Interlibrary loans are sent through the U.S. postal system. The arrival time may vary depending on the availability of the item and the geographic location of lending library.  The average delivery time for books and journal articles are 5-10 business days.  

Loan Period:

The loan period of a book is determined by the lending library. Photocopies are not returned. To renew the book depends also on the lending library; they may or may not grant renewal depending on their policy. Request for (ILL) renewals must be submitted prior to the due date. Also, rare or hard-to-find materials may take longer, and in some cases may not be available through Interlibrary Loan.

Notice of Arrival:

When the (ILL) material arrives, notice will be given via telephone and/or BC email account. (ILL) items may be picked up at the Information Service Desk upon arrival.

Duration of (ILL) services:

Interlibrary Services (ILL) are suspended during the Christmas holidays.

The library, an intrinsic part of Benedict College, observes certain holidays. Inquiries as to holidays observed may be made by calling the library in advance at (803) 705-4301; (803) 705-4364 or by checking the posting of hours in the building’s lobby.


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