General Information

This policy statement relates to the exchange of books and articles with other libraries according to the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States and the Explanatory Supplement of the U. S. Interlibrary Code. Interlibrary loan is a transaction between institutions, not individuals.  Individuals will need to contact their local library’s interlibrary loan office if they wish to request material owned by the University Library.

We accept ILL requests via OCLC (symbol: ACM) or on an ALA form via mail or fax.  Telephone/Email requests are not accepted.  Requests should comply with standard ILL procedures, especially with regard to copyright.  Submit requests with complete bibliographic and contact information.  Incomplete requests may create delays in processing.  For ownership and library holdings information, please verify by searching SOUTHcat, our online catalog, or verify in OCLC prior to submitting a request.

Non-circulating materials include:  reference books, journals, special collections, microfilm/fiche, AV material, videos, DVDs, CDs.  We reserve the right not to lend items if their condition or value are of concern or if they are in high demand for our patrons' use.

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Supplying Fees


  • Reciprocal: we charge what you charge us -- accept only if by OCLC IFM billing
    International loans: will charge postage and accept only if by IFM billing

Loan Period

Books are usually loaned for 28 days with a 14 day renewal.
Will loan circulating copy of Doctoral Dissertations and Master’s Theses.
Same loan period as for circulating books.
Delivery via UPS in state (NAAL members only)
Delivery via U. S. Mail out of state
Books will be shipped FedEx only if the requesting library’s account can be charged.

In accordance with ALA guidelines, the requesting library is responsible for any item from the time it leaves our library until it is checked back in.  The requesting library is also responsible for following any restrictions and/or conditions placed on an item and for returning it in a timely fashion.

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  • $10.00 per article
    Accept only if by OCLC IFM billing.
  • Delivery via U.S. Mail, Odyssey, Article Exchange or Fax
    $5.00 surcharge for Fax   (U.S only)

    Please include an Odyssey IP address or fax number with request.
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  • $10.00 per article plus postage
    Delivery via U.S. Mail, Odyssey or Article Exchange
    Accept only if by OCLC IFM billing.

We cannot supply PDF copies of articles when prohibited by the license agreement with the electronic database vendor.

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Billing Method

Will accept only if billing by OCLC IFM. 

Contact Information

Mailing Address

  • University Library
  • Interlibrary Loans
    5901 USA Dr. N.
    Mobile AL 36688
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Other Contact Information

  • Phone 251-460-7034
    Fax 251-460-7636
    OCLC Symbol ACM
    NUC AMobU
    Affiliations NAAL, SOLINE/SO6, LYRA, Established Reciprocals
    Hours Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (Central Standard Time)
    Closed in observation of various state and federal holidays
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Fee Structure

U.S. Destination
International Destination Including Canada and Mexico
Loans Reciprocal -- accept only if by OCLC IFM billing
Delivery via UPS in state (NAAL members only)
Delivery  via US Mail out of state
FedEx -- Borrower account is charged
Postal Charges 
Delivery via US Mail
Copies $10.00 per article -- accept only if by OCLC IFM billing
Delivery via US Mail/Odyssey/Article Exchange/Fax 
$10.00 per article plus postage
Delivery via US Mail/Odyssey/Article Exchange
Accept only if by OCLC IFM billing
Fax Service $5.00 per article  N/A
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