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Information on how to request material from other libraries

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

No library (including the NNU library) owns everything you are looking for, but you can submit requests for items the NNU library does not own. This is what we call Interlibrary Loan (ILL for short). 

Articles are delivered to your NNU email; books are mailed to the library.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full policy 

Request a renewal for an ILL book

Please note: renewals cannot be requested via your library account.

  • A due date will be included on the paperwork attached to the book you receive.
  • Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library and are not guaranteed. To request a renewal: email or call Coral Mattei. Requesting a renewal before the due date is recommended.
  • Some books cannot be renewed and will have a No Renewals note on the paperwork.

How to Request Items from Another Library

Interlibrary Loan: 3 Ways to Request

1. Request from the catalog

2. Request from EBSCO or ProQuest databases

Requesting items not found in NNU's databases or catalog

3. Fill Out a Form

If you find information in another source such as Google Scholar, fill out one of these forms.

Need Help? Ask me!

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Coral Mattei
Room 255 Learning Commons
8am-5pm M-F

The Fine Print: InterLibrary Loan Information & Policies

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.