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Using Riley Library: Interlibrary Loan

How to use the resources of the library at Northwest Nazarene University.

Databases - submitting a request

When searching for articles in the library's databases you can submit a request directly.  Look for the links to "Request an Interlibrary Loan" or "Find a copy".  These links will take you directly to a form where you can provide your contact information and submit the request. 

Tutorials for how to place a request​

Directly Via Email - submitting a request

If you have found a book or article through a Google search or something cited by another source you can place a request directly to the library by sending an email message to

Please provide as much of this information as you can with your request:

  • Article/Book Title
  • Author
  • Volume and Issue number
  • Publication Date
  • Your contact information


Allow 7-10 business days for delivery of tangible items.

Allow 2-3 business days for delivery of materials in digital format.

Books will be sent to you through U.S. Postal Service at the library's expense but return postage is the responsibility of the borrower.

Articles and chapters are sent as PDF attachments to your NNU email address and are your copies to keep. 

Please contact the library (208-467-8611) if you place a request and do not get a confirmation email from the library within 2 business days.  To prevent your requests from being lost in campus spam filters, we urge you to always use your NNU Gmail account when placing your requests or corresponding with the library

Interlibrary Loan (borrowing from other libraries)

Riley Library

Interlibrary Loan 

What is "Interlibrary Loan"?
If you have checked all of the NNU library print and online resources and found that we do not have a copy of the materials you can ask us to get it for you from some other library.  This is called "Interlibrary Loan".  The service is included as part of your tuition at NNU and only available to NNU students and employees. 

To request a book complete this online form

To request an article comlete this online form    

  • If it's an article, you'll receive it as an email attachment sent to your NNU gmail account. 
  • If it's a print book, you'll receive an email notifying you that it's ready to pick up. 
  • If you are a distance student, we will mail you the material via US postal service.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service offered by John E. Riley Library to support the research and educational needs of the Northwest Nazarene University community by providing access to additional resources not owned by NNU.  Riley Library conducts all transactions in accordance with the National Interlibrary Loan Code and Explanatory Supplement, the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code, Sections 107 and 108), and CONTU Guidelines.

The library reserves the right to prioritize and manage requests depending on the workflow. If the library cannot obtain an item the patron will be notified as soon as possible.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are intended for NNU students, faculty, administrative personnel and staff. 

  • Undergraduate students – 20 items per semester
  • Graduate students – 40 items per semester
  • Faculty – no limit
  • Administrative personnel, staff, adjunct faculty – 40 items per semester


  • For current NNU students, faculty, and staff, the library covers the costs.
  • Distance learners are responsible for all postage costs and charges related to the return of materials to Riley Library.
  • If the patron does not pick up materials by the return date the item will be returned to the lending library.
  • Repeated failure to pick up and/or return materials in a timely manner may result in the loss of library service.
  • Because renewal periods are set by the lending library, patrons should request renewal prior to the due date indicated on the item.
  • Fines for overdue materials are determined by the lending library. Riley Library may also assess overdue fines.
  • Replacement charges for lost items are determined by the lending library.


Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyrighted material.  A photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research”.  If an individual uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use”, that individual may be liable for copyright infringement.

Approved by Library Staff & Instructional Resources Council: October 2004
Revised by Library Staff: Spring 2016


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