A system for borrowing books and obtaining copies of magazine and journal articles from other libraries.
Who can use it?
Registered CSI students, CSI staff and faculty, extension students (BSU, ISU, U of I, and NNU students taking classes on our campus), and Courtesy Card holders. Note: there is a ten item per year limit for Courtesy Card holders.
How do I use it?
1. Send your requests by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a CSI student, staff or faculty member, please include your CSI email address in the body of the email (so that we can contact you)
2. Call (208) 732-6503.
3. Or, come to the CSI Library and ask in person.
How long does it take?
Most article requests take 2-3 days, and books normally take ten working days. In rare cases, requests for either can take up to three weeks. It is important to start your project early to allow plenty of time to receive your materials.
What is a “good citation”?
Complete and accurate information about a book or article makes processing your request faster. If you are unsure about your citation, please ask a Reference Librarian or the Interlibrary Loan Librarian for assistance before submitting the request.
Book Citation: title, author, and edition, or year of publication if date published is important.
Article Citation: title of article, author, title of publication, volume, issue, date, and pagination.
How much does it cost?
CSI students and staff: No processing fee, except for Rush requests.
Courtesy card holders: Any fees charged by the libraries that we borrow from, plus Rush fees.
What’s the best way to use ILL?
Plan Ahead: start your research as soon as you have received your assignment so you will have time to obtain items through ILL.
Requests may also be submitted by email, directly from a database, or as a book request. All emails must include the requestor’s CSI email address and (student) CSI ID number.
Are there any limits?
Please prioritize your requests if you are requesting more than 10 items. You may submit more than 10 requests, but incoming requests from other patrons will receive priority, and your remaining requests will be processed as time permits.
Courtesy card patrons will be limited to 10 interlibrary loan transactions per membership year.
Are there any restrictions?
We must follow the guidelines of the library that has lent us the material. Length of loan, renewals, and restriction to library use only, are determined by the lending library.
All requests must comply with U.S. Copyright Law.
Can ILL items be renewed?
Sometimes. Each lending library has different policies. Renewals may be requested by contacting the ILL office by email, phone, or in person.
Can I order textbooks through ILL?
No. Textbooks are not an ILL option.