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Interlibrary Loan Services

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services

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Welcome to Kutztown University Library's Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (ILL) service.
ILL is available to current KU students, faculty, staff, and administrat
ors.
 
ILL requests are managed in our web-based application, Tipasa.

COVID-19 Interlibrary Loan Services

Rohrbach Library books and DVDs can be shipped to your home via UPS. Follow the steps below to place your request(s).

  • Log into your ILL account here.

  • Create and submit an ILL request for each Rohrbach Library item needed (1 title per request, please, but items will be shipped together).

  • Complete the address fields in the request, as we will ship materials to the address you specify. Please note that UPS does not ship to P.O. boxes.

  • ILL staff are on-site THURSDAYS to process and pack materials.

  • Packages will be picked up by UPS on FRIDAYS. 

  • Shipped items currently have a due date of June 2nd, 2020.

  • A prepaid UPS return label will be included with each shipment.

Please contact kupill@kutztown.edu with questions regarding ILL services.

Access to other libraries' materials during COVID-19

Loans:

At this time, items that are only available in physical formats are not obtainable through KU ILL. Widespread closures have limited the availability of both on-site staff and materials. While we make every attempt to procure requested items in electronic formats, it will not be possible in all cases.

Copies:

We can provide copies from our physical collections and databases, and we continue to request digital copies for your use from other libraries. Copies requested from print or microform (film, fiche, card) sources not owned by KU are generally unavailable at this time

Please note:

Some delays are to be expected due to the challenges faced by all affected institutions which have transitioned to providing ILL services remotely. We are working in collaboration with our ILL partners to provide seamless, quick turnaround in support of our users' information needs.

Requesting Articles

The easiest way to place your article request is to do so directly from within the searched database. Look for the "Check for Full Text" link near the article you need; if the Full Text search lists no online access, you can click the "Request via Interlibrary Loan" link near the bottom of the page and have the article data imported into Tipasa

If you have a citation in hand, please check to see if the library has access to your article before requesting it via ILL. If you need assistance, please contact the ILL office.

Check the e-journal search site

  1. Search for the journal title (not the article's title)
  2. Verify the year of your citation is within the date ranges indicated
  3. If an "Article" link is present, this should go directly to the article
  4. If a "Journal" link is present, this will allow online browsing of available issues
  5. If a "Database" link is present, use this to search the database which should have access to the article.

Request using the Article Form in Tipasa - the article will be sent to you electronically.

Requesting Books and Other Items

When the library does not own an item, we provide easy ways to request it. WorldCat searches across library collections worldwide and requests items via Tipasa. Tipasa queries libraries that own the item to loan it to us for your use. The turnaround time for books and other loanable items is from 3-7 business days. Items which are more difficult to find or are in high demand may take longer.

Please note:  Interlibrary Loan will not request the following types of materials:

  • Textbooks. ILL consults a list of textbook publishers and compares the requested item to this list. We also rely on Amazon item information to assist in the identification of textbooks before ordering. If you are having trouble obtaining your textbooks, you may also consult with your professor regarding Open Educational Resources (OER) for use in class. 
  • eBooks or streaming audio/video (all e-media is currently ineligible for Interlibrary Loan). If you would like to request the purchase of an e-book for the library's collection, you can make a request here.
  • Material already owned by the Kutztown University library.
  • Multiple copies of a title or article.
  • Items not yet published.
  • Kindles, e-Readers, and other tablet devices. If you require the use of a Kindle, many are available for loan from Rohrbach Library's Circulation.department. Click here to suggest Kindle titles for library purchase.
  • Items in defunct formats. The library does not own the technology required to view or utilize film or audio reels. If you have access to the available technology elsewhere, please add this information to your request and we will review it.
  • Psychological testing tools. These materials are unavailable through Interlibrary Loan, as the distribution of psychological assessment tools is restricted to properly qualified persons. Test forms/booklets, answer sheets, and the scoring key can only be purchased through the publisher. Contact your professor about access to a copy of the testing materials required for your class or research.
  • Legal materials and research materials pertaining to the law as it is practiced and interpreted. These items have a high rate of non-return and are extremely expensive to replace. For this reason, we will no longer request legal/law materials through Interlibrary Loan.
  1. Double-check the catalog to confirm whether or not the KU Library owns the item.
  2. Check WorldCat - this service covers many library collections worldwide. When you locate an item you want, just click "Interlibrary Loan." If there are only a few copies of a book listed in WorldCat, it is unlikely that we will be unable to obtain that item.
  3. For books and other materials not available using the services listed above, please request through Tipasa.

COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS:

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United State Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified condition 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 for, or later uses, a photocopy reproduction for purposes 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.

Interlibrary Loan Service/Document Delivery Tools

WorldCat Search - Search for books

Search for an item in libraries near you:
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Your ILL Account (Tipasa) - Request books, articles and other materials

Log on with your KU email address and password to request and track interlibrary loan items.

Policies

Interlibrary loan guidelines

Contact Info

Staff: Karen Colburn, Interlibrary Loan, Periodicals & Cataloging
Please contact kupill@kutztown.edu or colburn@kutztown.edu for assistance. 
ILL staffing has been adjusted to accommodate additional roles. As I am frequently away from the office, email guarantees a much quicker reply. Thank you.

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