Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary Loan is a library-to-library lending service. If the University of Providence Library does not have an item that you need for your research, the Library can borrow it for you from another library. Most requests arrive within 5-10 days.

Request a Book or Report

Check the catalog to make sure that the Library does not have already have the book.

Request a Journal Article

Check JournalFinder to see if the article is available from the library.

If you do not wish to wait for an item to arrive via Interlibrary Loan, you may also choose to use a purchase the item directly from the publisher’s website or a commercial document delivery supplier.

Who may use interlibrary loan services?

University of Providence Faculty, current students and staff are eligible for University of Providence services. Students on the library’s fine list must clear their accounts before any Interlibrary Loan requests will be processed. Alumni and guests should contact the Interlibrary Loan Department of their local library.

The following items are not available via interlibrary loan.

  • Items already owned by the University of Providence Library
  • Textbooks used in current University of Providence classes
  • Reference Books
  • Books on current national or regional best-seller lists
  • Rare, hard-to-pack or fragile materials
  • Commercially available dissertations/theses
  • Entire issues or volumes of periodicals
  • Audio-Visual materials including videocassettes, DVDs, films & audio cassettes



The University of Providence Library is a member of LVIS (Libraries Very Interested in Sharing) and does not charge for ILL services. On rare occasions, an item is only available from a library that charges to lend materials via Interlibrary Loan. These charges are passed onto the student, even if the material arrives after the deadline.

If material is lost or overdue, the patron is responsible for overdue fines or replacement costs levied by the lending library. Failure to pay ILL charges will result in suspension of library privileges and notification to the Business Office of an outstanding balance. The library assesses an overdue fine of 50¢ per day for interlibrary loan materials.


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or a 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 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 request, if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that request would be a violation of copyright law.