How do I order ILL items?
You will first need to register in ILLiad to begin placing ILL requests. Be sure to check the catalog before submitting your request. For a book, verify that the item is not held at a University System of Maryland Library (USM) and therefore available through “Patron Placed Holds”. For a periodical article, first check FSU holdings for the journal title to verify that the specific volume is not held in the Library, either in print or electronically. Also consult the relevant full text databases that FSU subscribes to through OneSearch to see if a copy of the article is available electronically. ILL staff will return your request if they determine that you can obtain the material in the Library yourself.
How much does it cost?
FSU belongs to a network of libraries that normally do not charge each other for photocopies or loans. Materials are usually supplied free of charge. However, when filling out an ILL request, you will be asked to specify the maximum cost you are willing to pay per request in case there is a fee charged by the supplying library.
How long does it take to receive an item?
It is impossible to predict how long certain items will take to arrive. Materials are usually received in about two weeks. You may call the ILL office during regular office hours (Mon-Fri 8:00-4:30) at (301) 687-4886 or check in your ILLiad account for a status report on your request. You will be notified by e-mail when your request arrives. During regular office hours (Mon-Fri 8:00-4:30) materials may be picked up at the ILL office. Materials may be picked up at the Circulation desk at other times.
How many requests can I submit?
You may submit as many requests as necessary for your research needs. However, ILL Guidelines for a borrowing institution (FSU) state that a library MAY NOT request copies of more than 5 articles from the same journal title published within the most recent 5 years. The user will be notified if an article cannot be supplied due to this restriction and possible alternate methods for obtaining the item will be provided. .