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Inter-Library Loan

Inter-Library Loans (ILL) allow Avila students, faculty, and staff to access books and documents that are unavailable in our collection or MOBIUS. The book and document-delivery service work with other libraries throughout the country to share materials. Books are typically delivered through the mail while articles are delivered via an attached PDF. 

Before requesting Books or Articles, please ensure that the Library/Learning Commons does not have access to the desired material through our catalog, MOBIUS, or our many databases.

All ILL requests for books will contain at least four items:

  • The ISBN of the book;
  • The title of the book (no abbreviations);
  • The author or authors of the book;
  • The publication / publishing information of the book.

All requests for books that include these four items have a high probability of success. If you have questions, call the ILL Department at: (816)501-3712

The delivery time for an ILL varies. A requested article will generally require 4-7 days for delivery. The delivery time for a requested book can take up to 14 days, and this time basically depends on how quickly a lending library can be found and then how quickly the mail system gets the book to Avila. The Avila Learning Commons will make every effort to deliver patron requests ASAP.

The Avila Learning Commons pays most costs for requested books and articles. If for some reason a charge required to complete the request, the Learning Commons will notify the library patron of any charges and the request will not be made without the patron’s consent.

Renewals of ILL books or articles are dependent on the lending institution. All requests must be done BEFORE the due date of the ILL item. Email (ill@avila.edu) or call the ILL Department at (816)501-3712 for a renewal request.

Request an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Journal

This service is free to currently enrolled and registered Avila students, faculty, and staff. Please fill out the request form as thoroughly as you can.

Copyright Restrictions


Copyright Restrictions: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of the copyrighted material. Libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction under certain conditions specified in the law. 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. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept an Interlibrary Loan request if, in its judgment, the fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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