Please check the library catalog before requesting materials through ILL. Requests for items owned by Seaford District Library will not be processed unless items requested are more than 60 days overdue or lost on the circulation system. You may also search for and request items through Delaware Library Catalog
What is interlibrary loan (ILL)?
Because no library can own everything, Interlibrary Loan is a system that allows libraries to share resources with one another. The ILL Department locates a potential lending library and sends a request to borrow the item you seek. The lending library photocopies articles or checks out the material in the name of Seaford District Library. It then mails it to SDL for you to pick up and check out on your library card.
How do I order an ILL?
Interlibrary Loan requests can now be placed online via our Interlibrary Loan Form. Patrons are limited to 6 active requests (filled or pending) at any given time through ILL. You must have a valid Seaford District Library card and email address. It is highly encouraged for patrons to have an email address so that notices can be sent concerning their ILL request. If you do not have access to a computer, you can still place an ILL request at the library’s main desk.
What information do I need to place an ILL request?
For each item you request, the following information is needed: author’s name, title of book, and date of publication (if known). When requesting an article from a magazine or journal, you will need the title of the journal, article title, volume number, and pages in which the article appears.
Why am I having trouble placing my ILL request online?
If you are having trouble placing your ILL request and you see an error message, you will need to check on the status of your library account. There are several possibilities that could create a restriction. You could have overdue library materials, an outstanding fine of $5.00 or more, lost items, or an old address or phone number on your account. You will need to correct any restriction before you can place your ILL request.
How much does it cost?
The library charges a non-refundable $3.00 fee per item. Photocopies of articles are often provided free of charge or for a minimal fee. Fines for overdue ILL materials are $0.10 per day. If an item is lost or damaged, you are responsible for the replacement cost plus any additional processing fees assessed by the lending library. Failure to pick up an interlibrary incurs an additional $1.00 per item fee.
How long will it take?
The length of time involved in obtaining a loan or photocopy can vary considerably. We are unable to control the length of time that lending libraries take to send requested items. However, most materials can be obtained between two weeks and two months after your request is submitted. Be sure to submit requests well in advance of your need for them. You will be notified by telephone, e-mail, or by regular mail when the material arrives. Materials ready for pick up are held at the circulation desk for FOUR DAYS. If we are unable to fulfill your request, you will receive notification of the UNFILLED status by email.
How long do I get to keep the material?
The lending library determines the loan period and renewal policy for its materials. You can expect to keep most materials for two weeks. Interlibrary Loan is essential to the vitality of our resource sharing system. Borrowing materials from other institutions is a privilege. Occasionally, libraries will lend materials with certain restrictions, such as in-library use only, a shorter check-out period, or no renewal. Our library respects all restrictions placed on materials by the lending library. Users are expected to honor due dates and comply with any restrictions stipulated by the lending library. ILL relies on consideration and good will between libraries. When ILL materials are not returned promptly, it reflects poorly on the borrowing library and some lenders may stop lending materials to the offending library. Please return your ILL materials on or before the due date printed on your check out slip.
Where ILL books should be returned?
We encourage patrons to return ILL materials to the library location where they first picked them up so that paperwork can be cleared before they are returned to the lending library. Do not return ILL materials in the book drop. Please return them to the main desk.
How are books renewed?
The lending library decides on a case-by-case basis whether or not to renew. If you should need to make a renewal, you must contact the ILL office three days before the due date. We will make a request for renewal. You will then be contacted regarding the lending library's decision. Lending libraries will not grant renewals for overdue books. Any items not granted renewal must be returned by the due date or you will be subject to fines. Media materials (DVD & CD formats) are loaned for 2 weeks only with no renewals.
What kinds of materials are difficult or impossible to get?
Although we attempt to fulfill almost any request, the following types of materials are often difficult (or impossible) to obtain through Interlibrary Loan:
Recently published books (less than 6 months old)
Entire volumes or issues of periodicals
Rare books or original manuscripts
Audiobooks, videos, DVDs or computer software
Some doctoral dissertations and masters theses
Genealogy materials are extremely difficult to acquire.
Some microfilm is available, but usually involves a lengthy wait times.
All Interlibrary Loan services are governed by the American Library Association Interlibrary Loan Code, national and regional agreements, and the Copyright Law (PL 94-553).