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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: May 29, 2020     Views: 39

Sometimes the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Librarian will have to cancel requests due to a number of reasons. Typically the reason is explained in an email to you if this does happen. Reasons include: 

  • The material is recently published and not many libraries have it yet, thus we cannot find a library willing to lend it. You could suggest that our library purchase the material here. Please feel free to attempt again when more libraries may have purchased and processed their copies. Often times, libraries are not willing to lend new material out until their users have had a chance to use it. 
  • The material is from another country. We do not typically borrow books or items only found in other countries due to payment options and shipping costs. Also, if the material was published in another country, such as a DVD, it may not be compatible with our media players in the U.S. even if we did request it. 
  • The material is rare and not many libraries own it or are willing to lend rare material. This includes indie or self-published works. In the case of rare materials that we cannot coordinate for you, you might have to contact the institution on your own and work out access yourself. Sometimes, they want one-on-one interaction and no middle person. For indie books, you might use the Suggest a Resource form (link above). 
  • The material has made us reach our max copyright limits and therefore we cannot acquire the material without breach of copyright guidelines. This is typically in regards to copies of articles requested, not with loaned print material. TCC's ILL programm follows CONTU guidelines. 

If you have questions please contact the ILL office at: