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Interlibrary Loan Policies

The following information provides information about the policies that govern The Chicago School Library's Interlibrary Loan Service.

Who Can Borrow?

Currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff with a valid TCSPP ID can request items through Interlibrary Loan. 

Faculty may also designate an ILL proxy. Proxy users should indicate the name of the faculty member they are requesting items for in the note field of the Interlibrary Loan request form. 

Interlibrary loan is not available to alumni or guest borrowers. 

Interlibrary Loan is a library-to-library service requiring a permanent staff member. Currently, physical interlibrary loan requests are only available to individuals who can pick up the item from Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, or Washington D.C. 

What Can be Requested?

Loans may include articles, books, book chapters, DVDs, CDs, dissertations, etc. Occasionally some items are not available for borrowing due to copyright restrictions, institutional policy, or item conditions. 

The Chicago School Library does not currently process physical textbook requests through interlibrary loan. Test Kits and Psychological Assessments are also not available to be requested via interlibrary loan due to very strict licensing terms that relegate their use. 

How Long Does It Take?

Articles are usually received within 1-2 days and books are normally between 7 to 14 days. However, some items, like newly published items, items that are rare, or in high demand may take longer. To make sure your request is completed in a timely fashion, please make sure that you double-check borrowing request fields in the ILL form are filled out correctly before submitting.

Notifications and Delivery Options

Physical Items

You will be notified by email when your requested physical item arrives. Items are picked up at your designed library as notated in your ILL request form. The library does not ship physical items to individuals.


You will be notified via email when an article or book chapter has been made available. You can connect to the article directly from your email in most cases or log in to your Library Account and go to the requests page to download.

Lost or Damaged Items

Users are responsible for all costs associated with lost or damaged materials. Charges for lost items are assessed by the lending library. 

Copyright and other Agreements

The Chicago School University Library's interlibrary loan services are administered in accordance with the American Library Association's National Interlibrary Loan Code (1993), the U.S. Copyright Revision Action of 1976 (17. United States Code. 101 et seq.), Illinet Interlibrary Loan Cold (2015), and RapidILL and Rapido licensing agreements.