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Susie McClure Library: Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan


The Susie McClure Library is proud to have partnered with Tenn-Share and Firefly Courier Services to provide a statewide interlibrary loan system to provide American Baptist College students and faculty to have access to books held in other academic libraries. Those eligible to place an ILL request at the Library are current and retired affiliated and adjunct faculty, and staff as well as all currently enrolled undergraduate students. The conditions of this service are set by the Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association and by the regulations of individual lending libraries. All guidelines reflect these conditions and encourage cooperation from everyone for the most effective service.


Materials That May Be Requested

Interlibrary loan requests will be limited to research materials that are not owned by ABC and are necessary to meet the study, instructional, and research needs of ABC faculty, staff, and students. A loan or a copy may be requested from another library, although the lending library decides in each case whether or not it will provide a particular item. Users who require extensive use of materials from other institutions will be encouraged to work with a subject specialist for assistance in arranging access to needed materials.


Materials That Generally May Not Be Requested

Most libraries will not ordinarily lend the following types of materials:

  • Basic reference material
  • Rare or valuable material, including manuscripts
  • Bulky or fragile items that are difficult or expensive to ship
  • Material in high demand at the lending library
  • Material with local circulation restrictions
  • Unique material that would be difficult or impossible to replace
  • U.S. books published within the present calendar year
  • Audio tapes, maps, software, CD ROM, videos, and sound recordings
  • Many libraries will not lend theses or dissertations if they are readily available on microfilm. If the owning library will not lend, the user will be provided with instructions on how to purchase a microfilm copy.
  • Materials for class reserves


Number of ILL Requests Allowed


In cases where one patron submits an extremely large number of requests at one time, it may be necessary to pace the processing of these requests in proportion to other incoming requests. For that reason, bulk requests may take somewhat longer. The Susie McClure Library reserves the right to limit the number of items processed for any individual ABC student, faculty, or staff member.


Length of Time for Processing ILL Requests


Turnaround time may be as short as a few hours for articles. Books and some articles may take up to two weeks depending on availability. Turnaround time may be affected by scarcity of sources, distance of sources, holidays and weekends, or incomplete information about the requested item. Requests that must be sent internationally usually take considerably longer.


How To Submit ILL Requests


Interlibrary Loan requests may be submitted in conjunction with the Library Director or by filling out the Interlibrary Loan Form. ABC Students, Faculty and Staff may use this form to request materials not owned by the Susie McClure Library. Complete one ILL request form for each item needed. Each form must be as complete as possible in order to facilitate handling by other libraries and to ensure prompt and accurate completion of the request.

Required and helpful information about the requested item include the following elements:




Book title, author(s)/editor(s), ISBN, publisher and date.

Journal, Magazine, or Newspaper Articles

Unabbreviated periodical title, ISSN, author, title of article, volume, issue, date and pages.

Theses or Dissertations

Include author and title of the work, the university granting the degree and the date of the degree.


Checking the Status of ILL Requests

Interlibrary Loan requests are posted within a day of submission. To check on your request, please contact the Library Director.


Notification When ILL Materials Are Received

Notification that material has arrived will be communicated by e-mail or phone. Interlibrary Loan materials should be picked up at the Circulation Desk within 10 days to avoid charges. Articles will be delivered to the library user’s email account. Interlibrary loan materials are not mailed to library users.


Loan Periods, Renewals, and Returns

The loan time for borrowed material is generally three weeks, but exact dates are indicated on an insert clipped to the material. Renewals may be requested but they are at the discretion of the lending institution. The patron should contact a Library staff member at (615) 687-6899 between 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday with any questions.


In the interest of maintaining good relations with the lending libraries, due dates must be honored. If a borrower disregards due dates, it may be necessary to place a hold on their patron record and refuse further services. Materials received as photocopies need not be returned. Return books to the Circulation Desk. Books must have the Interlibrary Loan inserts clipped inside when returned.


Costs and Fines

Interlibrary loan is provided free of charge to ABC faculty, staff and students. 


Lost, Stolen, and Damaged ILL Materials

Failure to return overdue interlibrary loan items may result in the suspension of both interlibrary borrowing privileges and ABC library borrowing privileges and a bill for replacement of the item. Replacement charges are at the discretion of the lending library and may include both the cost of the material and a processing fee.

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