Welcome to Kutztown University Library's Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (ILL) service.
ILL is available to current KU students, faculty, staff, and administrators. ILL requests are managed in our web-based application, Tipasa.
Access to other libraries' materials during COVID-19
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For books and other materials not available using the services listed above, please request through Tipasa.
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.
Staff: Karen Colburn, Interlibrary Loan, Periodicals & Cataloging
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