UAB Libraries offers Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and document delivery services through Sterne Library and Lister Hill Library. ILL is a service that enables you to borrow materials not available at the UAB Libraries from other libraries throughout the world. Through this service, UAB Libraries provides access to materials to support faculty, staff, and students in their study and research. Materials ordered through the Interlibrary Loan service should be for scholarly purposes. Document Delivery is a service that sends you electronic copies of articles from UAB Libraries print journal collection.

Submit an ILL or Document Delivery Request

To submit an ILL or Document Delivery request, please select a library based on your discipline and log in with your BlazerID and password.

Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences is the research library that supports medicine and allied health professions.
ILL / Document Delivery Request: Lister Hill
Mervyn H. Sterne Library is the research library that supports all disciplines EXCEPT medicine and allied health professions.
ILL / Document Delivery Request: Sterne

Fees

For UAB faculty, students, and staff, there are no fees for Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery requests placed through UAB Libraries.

FAQs

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that enables you to borrow materials not available at the UAB Libraries from other libraries throughout the world. Through this service, UAB Libraries provides access to materials to support faculty, staff, and students in their study and research. Materials ordered through the Interlibrary Loan service should be for scholarly purposes.

What is Document Delivery?

Document Delivery is a service that sends you electronic copies of articles from UAB Libraries print journal collection.

What is ILLiad? How does it work?

ILLiad is the system UAB Libraries uses for Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery requests. You can either go to ILLiad directly and fill out a request form, or you can access ILLiad through the UAB Article Linker button found in most of our databases.

For physical books, microforms, or audio-visual material, you will receive an e-mail when your item is ready to be picked up. For articles received electronically, you will get an e-mail when your article has been posted under "Electronically Received Articles" in your ILLiad account. Most articles are received by us and delivered to you through ILLiad in 2 to 3 days, excluding weekends. A hard-to-find item may take longer. Because books, microforms, and audio-visual materials have to be shipped from another library, they usually take about 7 to 10 days to receive. To submit an ILL or Document Delivery request, please select a library based on your discipline and log in with your BlazerID and password.

Mervyn H. Sterne Library is the research library that supports all disciplines EXCEPT medicine and allied health professions.

ILLiad login: Sterne

Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences is the research library that supports medicine and allied health professions.

ILLiad login: Lister Hill

Who may use Interlibrary Loan?

UAB faculty, staff, and students may use Interlibrary Loan. A UAB BlazerID and password is required to get started.

What materials are available through Interlibrary Loan?

Generally, the following materials may be obtained:

  • Books
  • Copies of book chapters
  • Copies of articles in journals, anthologies, and proceedings from symposia and conferences.
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Microfilm

Most libraries will NOT lend:

  • Rare or valuable material, including manuscripts
  • Typescript doctoral dissertations when available on microfilm
  • Audio-visual materials such as record albums, videocassettes, DVDs, and computer programs (software, CDs, CD-roms)
  • Reference or other non-circulating materials
  • Material in high-demand at the lending library, especially recently printed books and best-sellers

In addition, UAB Libraries normally will NOT accept ILL requests for:

  • Materials owned by UAB Libraries (except for items that have been declared lost)
  • Materials on reserve at UAB Libraries
  • Textbooks available for purchase at the bookstore
  • Items that would violate copyright guidelines

Under current copyright law, we cannot request or copy:

  • Articles longer than 50 pages
  • Articles that comprise the entirety of an issue
  • More than three articles from a single issue
  • Entire volumes of periodicals

Can I obtain dissertations through Interlibrary Loan?

Theses and dissertations not available online may be ordered through Interlibrary Loan and may arrive in print, microfilm, or microfiche. To order a thesis or dissertation, log on to ILLiad and choose “Request a Thesis.”

Before requesting a thesis or dissertation, please check UAB Libraries’ online holdings. For theses and dissertations written at UAB, search in UAB Digital Collections and/or Dissertations at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For dissertations written elsewhere, search in Dissertations and Theses.

If a requested U.S. dissertation is not available online or through Interlibrary Loan, you may purchase a copy in the format of your choice through Dissertation Express. Copies are usually supplied in 4-5 days. The fee [pricing information] may be paid by credit/debit card.

How many requests can I place through Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery? Is there a limit?

We have a limit of 25 active requests per person at any one time. This ensures fair and equitable service to ALL of our users by assuring that no one person or research project monopolizes our services at any given time. Patrons who submit a high volume of requests may be referred to the appropriate subject reference librarian who can recommend research options.

How long does it take to fulfill a request?

The time it takes to fill a request varies. Articles received electronically take 2 to 3 days and articles received by mail take 7 to 10 days. Books, microforms, and audio-visuals take 7 to 10 days depending on whether items are sent by courier express or USPS.

You can help to ensure a quick response by supplying a complete citation and its source.

How long will an article be available in ILLiad?

Articles received electronically will be available in your ILLiad account for 30 days.

How can I get an article from a print journal held by UAB Libraries?

Lister Hill Library: Pre-1996 print journals are available in the basement. Print journals from 1996 forward are in off-site storage and no longer available for you to retrieve on your own. To obtain copies of articles from print journals, place your article requests via ILLiad.

Sterne Library: Print journals from 2000 to the present are available on the second floor. Pre-2000 print journals are in off-site storage and no longer available for you to retrieve on your own. To obtain copies of articles from pre-2000 journals, place your article requests via ILLiad.

How much does Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery cost?

At the present time, there is no charge to you for materials obtained through Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery. The library absorbs most of the charges paid to obtain the material you need. If we need to charge you for an item, we will contact you before we process your request.

How long may I keep items I borrow through Interlibrary Loan?

Loan periods are established by the lending library and usually vary between 4 to 6 weeks.

May I renew items I borrow through Interlibrary Loan?

If the lending library permits, items can be renewed.

Please ask for a renewal at least one week before the item is due.

What is the policy on overdue items and fines?

Interlibrary Loan items are lent as a courtesy by another library. In order to maintain our reputation as a borrowing library, and our privilege to borrow, we must adhere to the due dates and restrictions imposed by that library. Please help us to keep good relationships with the libraries we borrow from by returning your materials in a timely manner.

The fine for overdue materials is one dollar per day per item.
Reminder notices are sent before items are due.
An item due on a weekend or on a day the library is closed, is due the next day the library is open.

If you have unpaid fines or items more than 10 days overdue, a BLOCK will be placed on your ILL account. A block also will be placed for failure to return RECALLED materials within 5 days of the recall notice. As long as the block remains on your account, you will be unable to place new ILL requests. The block will be removed when the overdue or recalled items are returned and overdue fines are paid. If an item becomes very overdue and the lending library charges us for replacement, we will add the charges for fines, replacement, and replacement processing to your ILL account.

What are the copyright restrictions?

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Photocopies or other reproductions can be furnished only under certain conditions, if they will be used solely for private study, scholarship, or research. Use of the reproduction for other purposes may make the user liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its sole judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

What should I do before I make a request through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Check UAB libraries catalog to determine whether the specific titles you are looking for are owned.
  • Check Google (search by article title), Google Scholar (search by article title) and PubMed (search by article title or PMID)
  • Exhaust the resources available in UAB Libraries. If you do not know what other materials might be useful for your research, ask a reference librarian for assistance.
  • Consider your time restrictions and the time it takes to receive materials through ILL.

Are there any commercial document delivery suppliers?

There are several commercial document delivery suppliers with World Wide Web access for those individuals with credit/debit cards. These commercial services are NOT subsidized by UAB Libraries or UAB. You are financially responsible for any copies (i.e. documents) you purchase from these services. If a requested U.S. dissertation is not available through Interlibrary Loan or available online, we offer Dissertation Express as an option for you to obtain a copy.

What is Loansome Doc and who may use it?

Loansome Doc is the National Library of Medicine's document delivery service. Users can select journal citations retrieved during a PubMed literature search and order the articles using the Loansome Doc feature. The UAB Libraries offer this service to Alabama healthcare providers and professionals who are unaffiliated with UAB. Requests are transmitted to the UAB Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan department through DOCLINE from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Requests will be filled only from titles available in the Lister Hill Library’s print collection and will be delivered electronically. If an item is not in the Lister Hill Library’s print collection, the request will be canceled. Books are not supplied to unaffiliated users through Loansome Doc.

You can find more information about this service on the Loansome Doc Services at the UAB Libraries guide.

How can I find more information about Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery?

If you have any questions, please come by the Interlibrary Loan Desk during library hours and the staff will gladly assist you.

You may also contact:

Eddie H. Luster | Interlibrary Loan Supervisor
UAB Libraries | Mervyn H. Sterne Library
205.934.6364 | eluster@uab.edu

Jeanene Skillen | Library Assistant II
UAB Libraries | Mervyn H. Sterne Library
205.934.6364 | jeanene@uab.edu

Christie Halloran | Library Assistant II
UAB Libraries | Mervyn H. Sterne Library
205.934.6364 | ccnhallo@uab.edu

Suzanne Massey Brazell | Library Assistant III
UAB Libraries | Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
205.934.9263 | lhlill@uab.edu, lhlillsu@uab.edu

Jo Ann Garrison | Library Assistant III
UAB Libraries | Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
205.934.2356 | lhlill@uab.edu, lhlillsu@uab.edu


NOTICE: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

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

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific 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 for, or later uses, a photocopy or 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.

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