Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery

The Biomedical Library Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Department supplies USA Health Sciences' students, faculty, and staff with library materials from remote locations, as well as from the University Libraries' own collections.

Login to your ILLiad Interlibrary Loan account
Create an ILLiad Interlibrary Loan account
Loansome Doc (for non-affiliated users)

Frequently Asked Questions

▼   What is Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery?

Interlibrary Loan is the process through which the Biomedical Library borrows materials not owned by USA from other libraries. This service is available for USA Health Sciences students, faculty and staff. As a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine we participate in national networks of interlibrary loan systems.

Document Delivery provides USA Health Sciences students, faculty and staff the option to request materials from the library's collection. For a fee (see below), the ILL/DD department will pull and copy materials from the University's library holdings.

▼   How long does it take?

Interlibrary Loan generally takes 7-10 working days to receive journal articles, while books usually take a little longer. For clinical medical emergencies first contact an ILL/DD staff person at (251) 460-6891, so we can expedite your request appropriately.  

For Document Delivery it generally takes 2 working days to receive articles.  You will be notified when your item arrives.

Rush requests can be accommodated for a $5.00 fee.

▼   How long can I keep a borrowed book?

This will depend on the institution from which we borrow the book. Each library sets its own loan period.  To enquire about a renewal on a book borrowed from another library please contact the USA ILL office either by calling: (251) 460-6891 or email: illbbl@southalabama.edu

When we loan a book from our collection, the Biomedical Library's loan period is four weeks with a renewal of four weeks.

▼   What does it cost?
Affiliation Interlibrary Loan/
Document Delivery
Photocopy
Faculty/Staff 10 free/month, then $5.00 each $5.00 each
Graduate
Students
20 free/month, then $5.00 each $5.00 each
Undergraduate
Students
10 free/month, then $5.00 each $5.00 each
USA Online
Students
20 free/month, then $5.00 each N/A
Loansome
Doc
$25 interlibrary loan / $20 document delivery
(copyright fees may apply)
N/A
▼    What is Loansome Doc?
 The Biomedical Library offers Loansome Doc services. To use Loansome Doc you must first obtain a user code and id from the National Library of Medicine.  Then you must establish an agreement with the Biomedical Library prior to using this service by filling out the form listed below and returning it to the Interlibrary Loan department via fax, mail or e-mail. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan department if you need any further information.
▼    What is ILLiad?

 ILLiad is the electronic system used to manage all Biomedical Library Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery requests. ILLiad requires a one-time registration where users create a user id/password protected personal account. All requests must be ordered via the ILLiad system.

▼    Items not available through ILL/DD
 Requests for the following materials will not be processed by the Interlibrary Loan Department:
  1. Books owned by the USA Libraries but charged out. These can be recalled at the Circulation Desk or online.
  2. Textbooks currently being used for USA courses.
  3. Materials for class reserve or group use.
  4. Recreational reading titles.
  5. Requests that violate the copyright law.
Though generally not requested exceptions can be made for the following materials:
  1. Newspapers or manuscripts.
  2. Whole volumes or issues of journals.
  3. Records, tapes, films, software, and other fragile materials.

 

▼   Copyright Information
 The Biomedical Library abides by the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law. 

Hours and Contact:

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday
Phone: (251) 460-6891
Fax: (251) 460-7638
Email: illbbl@southalabama.edu
After-hours Assistance: (251) 460-7044

Justin RobertsonJustin Robertson
ILL/DD Coordinator

Nicole TelhiardNicole Telhiard
ILL/DD Supervisor
Karena HarrelKarena Harrell
ILL/DD Library Tech Asst II