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Interlibrary Loan Policy

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service through which Shepherd University students, faculty, staff, and Scarborough Society members may request books, articles, and audio/visual materials not available in Scarborough Library.

The following requests will not be processed:

Loan Periods

The lending institution determines the loan period and can recall interlibrary loan items at any time.

Scarborough Library’s future borrowing privileges are jeopardized when Shepherd University patrons do not return interlibrary loan items on time.


It is up to the lending institution to decide whether an item may be renewed. If you need an item for a longer period of time, you should request a renewal BEFORE the item is due.

To request an ILL renewal contact:
Patrick Weber
Coordinator of Interlibrary Loan
Scarborough Library Room 205

Fines for Late, Lost or Damaged Interlibrary Loan Items

A fine of $1.00 per day with no maximum limit will be assessed for all overdue interlibrary loan items. ILL overdue fines apply to all patrons – faculty, staff, student, and Scarborough Society members.

When interlibrary loans are not returned and/or fines remain unpaid, the patron’s library privileges, ability to register for Shepherd University classes, and ability to receive transcripts will be revoked.

Students with overdue materials and/or outstanding balances will be blocked from registering for classes and transcripts will not be released until all financial obligations are met. Once the student has returned all overdue items and/or paid all outstanding library fines and fees, the library will release all holds. Students should allow one business day for release of a hold after all fines and fees have been paid.

Lost or Damaged Items

The patron   will be billed the replacement charge imposed by the lending institution.  There will be no refund for materials returned after a lost charge is paid.