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Interlibrary Loan Service

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that allows Huston-Tillotson University faculty, staff, and students to request books, articles, and media to be mailed from other libraries. This service is free. If you’d prefer to visit other libraries in Texas in person to borrow their materials, see the TexShare Card borrowing program.

Use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form to submit an ILL request.

Please fill out the form as completely and accurately as possible with all the information you have about the item as well as your own contact information. You can print the form and turn it in at the Downs-Jones Library circulation desk, or email your completed form to the Technical Services Librarian at


Frequently Asked Questions about ILL

Who can use this service?
Members of the HT community (students, faculty, and staff) with current library accounts.

What can I request?
Books, articles, audiovisual materials, and other items that are not a part of the Downs-Jones Library collection and are not accessible through our electronic databases. Please verify that we do not own the resource you are looking for before submitting a request. If you are unsure or need assistance, please ask the librarians!

Audiovisual materials (DVDs, videotapes, CDs, etc.) and rare items may be difficult to locate or take additional time to receive.

How many items can I request?

Students, staff, and faculty at Huston-Tillotson may request up to 10 items per week through ILL, but no more than 25 items per month.

How long will it take for my item to arrive?
While we can make no guarantees, most ILL requests arrive within 5-10 business days. However, some requests arrive much earlier or later. Please submit your requests in advance of the date you need the item to allow sufficient time for processing and mailing.

Where do I pick up and return my requested items? How will I know when they have arrived?
The Technical Services Librarian will notify you by email when your items are ready to be picked up. You may pick them up from the Downs-Jones Library circulation desk during our normal operating hours.

How long can I keep items I have borrowed?
Loan periods are set by the library lending the item, usually between two and four weeks. It may be possible to renew the item for a longer period of time, but renewals are subject to the lending library’s policies and are not always granted. Please contact the Technical Services Librarian before the original due date if you want to request a renewal.

Photocopies and PDF files of articles do not need to be returned; they are yours to keep.

You will be notified of the due date of your item when you receive it. Please return ILL materials to the Downs-Jones Library circulation desk on or before the due date. Promptly returning ILL items helps us maintain good relations with other libraries, so that the HT community may continue borrowing from them.


Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

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 to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.