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Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery: DD Policy

Interlibrary Loan provides access to articles, books, and other materials that are not owned by the University of Louisville Libraries.

The University of Louisville Libraries' Document Delivery policies are based on the most current copyright law. These policies apply to all University Libraries except the Law Library and Music Library. Document Delivery is a courtesy provided by the University Libraries, and any conditions of use imposed must be strictly observed. All items are subject to immediate recall by the University Libraries.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified 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,” (as defined by the U.S. Copyright Office that user may be liable for copyright infringement. Therefore, the University of Louisville Libraries reserve the right to refuse a request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would violate copyright law.

Ekstrom Library provides document delivery services to UofL faculty, staff and students and book delivery to eligible faculty.

Kornhauser Health Sciences Library provides document delivery services to all faculty, staff, and students on the Health Sciences Campus. Document Delivery services are also available to members of the Louisville health services community, including physicians and other health practitioners, and the legal profession for a fee of $15.00 per request. Additional charges may be incurred. A valid UofL Libraries' borrower card is required for ILLiad registration. Requests are only accepted for photocopies. We do not currently offer book retrieval services.

Currently the Music and Law libraries do not offer document delivery service.

There is a 50 page copy maximum per request.

Requests for document delivery service for the University of Louisville Libraries, except the Law Library and Music Library, must be submitted electronically through the University Libraries' ILLiad system.

In accordance to copyright law a separate request must be submitted for each item. Accurate and complete information about the item and the patron making the request are essential to processing requests. Any request may be cancelled and returned if it lacks sufficient information to be processed. By submitting a request patrons acknowledge their acceptance of document delivery policies, fees, and copyright laws.

Requests are processed in the order in which they are received. Five requests are processed per patron per day. Additional requests per patron will be processed as the workload permits.

Rush options for document delivery will be left to the discretion of each library. Costs for rush requests are fixed. A full explanation may be found under the "Fees" section.

Rush Requests

Not all libraries will offer rush services at all times. Cost for rush services, when available, are listed below. All rush requests submitted after 2:00pm will be processed the following business day.

Three column table describing rates for rush requests. Rates differ for UofL faculty, staff, and students versus non-UofL Local Professionals.
Time frame UofL faculty, staff and students Non-UofL Local Professionals
Within 3 working days $10 $25
Next working day $15 $30
Same working day - photocopies only $20 $35

Rush costs are independent of other fees. Rush delivery can never be guaranteed. If material cannot be obtained within the specified time frame, rush fees will not be charged.

Revised 10/3/2017