Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) services expand the range of research materials available for instruction and scholarship. Materials which are not owned by the University Libraries and not deliverable in full-text format may be obtained from other local, state, national and international libraries through this service.
Binghamton University collections are enhanced by its memberships in consortiums such as the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Research Libraries Group (RLG), Information Delivery Services (IDS), and the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC). The materials available for scholarship are expanded by reciprocal agreements among major research libraries.
The Binghamton University Libraries membership in the Research Libraries Group (RLG) allows Binghamton faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and academic and professional library staff onsite access to the collections and services of institutions participating in the RLG Shared Resources (SHARES) Program.
Consult Partners (with links to ILL Directory and Access Services) for details of individual library policies and practices and the SHARES website for policy details: http://www.oclc.org/programs/shares/procedures.htm#onsite
Currently affiliated Binghamton University faculty, students, and staff engaged
in research and research associates are eligible. *IMPORTANT NOTE: You must have a valid University ID and a University e-mail account (binghamton.edu)
in order to register. Communication about your Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) requests
are handled through e-mail.
Interlibrary Loan requests are submitted online using ILLiad, the Interlibrary Loan program. To begin using ILLiad, eligible borrowers must register. Go to the Libraries' home page and click on Interlibrary Loan ILLiad to begin the process. For registration assistance, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department.
Requesters should allow two to four weeks for receipt of most physical materials, a week or less for electronic materials. Special formats or unique titles may take a longer period of time. When materials arrive, notification is sent to the e-mail address you have entered into the ILLiad registration form. Books may be picked up at the Bartle, Science or University Downtown Center Circulation Desks. Electronic items are delivered as PDF files and are available in your ILLiad account. If fee payment is necessary, you will be notified and charges will be added to your library account, payable online via the BU Brain. Binghamton University will honor restrictions on use imposed by the lending library; therefore, some titles must be used in the Library. A Binghamton University ID card is required to access these materials.
Loan periods vary from one to four weeks, depending on the policies of the lending institution. The date due indicates the date materials must be returned to the Bartle, Science or UDC Service Desks. Unless the lending library has specified nonrenewal, you may request a renewal in-person or online via your library account, up to three times, unless the item is already overdue. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library.
Reciprocal agreements among research institutions support the loan of most library materials as requested. Exceptions may include recent editions of text books, non-academic books, test preparation materials, software of any kind, reference books, art books, audio/visual, rare or restricted materials, dissertations and whole journal issues. Articles from journals can usually be photocopied or transmitted electronically. The Libraries, however, must comply with U.S. Copyright Law. No more than five articles per calendar year from a journal title published within the last five years may be requested unless the journal is available through a document delivery provider. Additional copyright fees may be applicable.
Occasionally, costs are assessed by the lending library or through copyright royalties. Fees that exceed $20.00 per item will be passed on to the requester. Patrons will be notified of projected cost prior to final processing of the request. The assessed fee does not include subsequent fees for lost, damaged or overdue items, if applicable.
When materials are returned late, fines accrue according to a schedule of $1.00 per day. Abuse of ILL privileges may result in suspension of those privileges.
Patrons are responsible for the material borrowed and are liable for replacement costs charged by the lending library if material is lost. Damaged materials may have costs for repairs. Material must be returned by the stated due date in the same condition it was received with the book bands still in place. Patrons will be placed on the University Obligations System for materials lost, damaged or overdue.