Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service the NNU Riley Library provides to current faculty & staff and currently enrolled students to access materials not available through the NNU Riley Library. See the FAQ section (below) for more information.
1. How long does it take to get items requested through interlibrary loan? For journal articles, it can take anywhere from a couple of hours to 5-days. For books and other materials it can be anywhere from 5 to 15 business days.
2. If I lose the journal article requested or forget to download it, can I request it again? As a matter of practice the library does not process requests for the same article by the same person within a given year. Copyright restricts the number of times articles can be requested from any given journal in a given year. If the library exceeds that number, there is a per article fee that has to be paid.
3. How are articles I request delivered? You will receive an email from either ILL@nnu.edu OR email@example.com. In both cases, you will be given a code to enter to retrieve the article. Make sure to download the article to your device or to Zotero. The download code is only valid for 30-days.
4. Do I have to return articles I request through interlibrary loan? No, articles requested through interlibrary loan do not have to be returned. They are yours to keep until you decide to delete them.
5. If I am an online student and don't live close to NNU how do I get items I request sent to me? Make sure to note in the request that you are a distance student and you would like items mailed to you (please include your current mailing address). You are responsible for mailing the materials back to the NNU Riley Library by the specified date due.
6. If I need an item longer is it possible to extend the date due? Sometimes. The lending library sets the lending period. In some cases it will be noted on the borrowing slip "No Renewal" or "No Extensions." If it is not noted on the borrowing slip on the item, you can email ILL@nnu.edu to request a renewal. It is best to request a renewal a few days prior to the item being due.
1. Request from the catalog
2. Request from EBSCO or ProQuest databases
3. Fill Out a Form
If you find information in another source such as Google Scholar, fill out one of these forms.
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.
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.