Interlibrary Loan

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Loans and Renewals

Distance and Online Students

Copyright Restrictions


About Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is free and open to all EKU faculty, staff, and students. We borrow materials that are not available in the Libraries collections for the educational, research, and general needs of the University community. The EKU Libraries ILL system lets you place, track, and keep a history of your requests from a personal online account.

ILL policies are based on the American Library Association Interlibrary Loan Code and governed by U.S. copyright law (Title 17, United States Code).

Under these guidelines, we regret that we cannot fulfill requests for the following:

  • Materials for Course Reserves
  • Textbooks currently being used at EKU
  • Feature films (video or DVD) or non-instructional television programs
  • Recorded music
Loans and Renewals

Loans are typically at least two weeks with the option of one renewal. Please request a renewal online or by phone at least two days prior to the due date. We will notify you of the new due date.  

To Renew Items Online via ILLiad

  1. Sign in to your ILL account
  2. Select an item to renew by clicking on the transaction number.
  3. Click the Request Renewal button. You may request only one renewal per item. If the lending library doesn't agree to the request, we will notify you via email to return the item. Some libraries loan materials with the condition of no renewals.
Distance and Online Students
  • Articles and copies of book chapters will be delivered electronically to ILL accounts or personal email addresses.
  • Online students outside the EKU service region should select "Online Student/Faculty" as the pickup location when setting up their ILL account.
  • Books may be delivered via courier to Regional campuses for pickup. Online students who are local to an EKU regional campus or center may have ILL items couriered to their respective centers.
  • Online students located outside the EKU service area should use their local public library to request books, as EKU libraries cannot deliver books owned by other institutions.
Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. 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 in excess of "fair use" that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.