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Interlibrary Loan Policy

Who Can Borrow

  • Current students, staff, Sisters and faculty
  • Faculty preparing for a future class at Marylhurst
  • Students finishing a thesis or an incomplete

Students who have three or more overdue items, or more than $30.00 in library fines, must return materials or pay fines to be eligible for interlibrary loan services.


Required course textbooks cannot be borrowed through interlibrary loan.

Books, Recordings and Videos

Loan periods for items are set by the lending library, and the loan periods can vary from four hours to 28 days for books and one week for CDs or videos. Interlibrary loan items cannot be renewed and are subject to recall by the lender at any time.

Items borrowed through interlibrary loan are held at the circulation desk. They are often shipped from the lending library through the mail. It may take 7 to 14 working days, or longer in some cases, for the items to arrive. You will receive an email when your requested item arrives, and it will be held for 7 days before it is returned to the lending library.

Items borrowed through interlibrary loan must be returned to the circulation desk inside Shoen Library. If the library is closed, you may use the book drop.


Articles are normally delivered by email within a week.

Processing Fees

Except under very rare circumstances, there is no charge for items borrowed through interlibrary loan. You will be contacted if there is a fee for borrowed materials.


There is a late fee of $1.00 a day for books and other returnable items borrowed through interlibrary loan. Journal articles do not need to be returned. The borrower is responsible for any damaged or lost items. Replacement costs are set by the lending library.

Distance Students

Articles will be emailed to distance students and instructors.

Due to lending libraries' concerns about prompt return of library materials, books and other returnable items cannot be mailed. We encourage you to contact your local public library for these interlibrary loan requests.

Copyright Notice

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. Shoen Library will not process requests that may infringe on the rights of a copyright holder.

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