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About the CSI Library: Policy: Interlibrary Loans

Mission, policies, services, staff, and contact information

Interlibrary Loan (4/18/2024)

 What is ILL?

Interlibrary Loan is the lending and borrowing of library materials, including books, audiobooks, DVDs, and articles, from other libraries across the country. 

Who can Borrow?

  • All CSI Faculty, Staff, and Students (with current semester sticker), Students of affiliated institutions (ISU, BSU, U of I, etc.), and Community Members have free access.
  • All patrons are required to be registered with the library to checkout any requested items.  


  • Patrons are responsible for any fines resulting from loss or damage of the item while in their possession. These charges will be decided by the lending library.
  • There is a $1.00 per day overdue fine charged for items not returned on time. This fee starts with closing time the day the item is due and charged every day the library is open, including the day the item is returned.


  • Renewals can be made by emailing Mandi Buren at Renewals are case-by-case, depending on the lending library's policies. 
  • If a renewal request is made before the due date, there will be no overdue fee charged while waiting for the lending library’s response. 
  • If a renewal request is made on or after due date and is denied, the patron will have a 24-hour grace period from the time they are informed that the renewal request has been denied before any overdue fees will begin.


  • More than 10 requests may be submitted, but incoming requests from other patrons will receive priority and a patron’s remaining requests will be processed as time permits.
  • Our loan for books is dependent on the loaning library’s due date; 3-4 weeks is average.
  • We follow any use restrictions placed by lending library, i.e. LIBRARY USE ONLY, etc.

How to Make a Request

Step 1: Check the CSI Library catalog for access to materials. If we don't have a physical item or full access to a digital item, patrons can make an Interlibrary Loan request.

Step 2: Patrons can email their request information to Mandi Buren at or Or they can come into the CSI Library and ask for an Interlibrary Loan form at the Circulation Desk. 

Required Information for Requests:

  • For book requests, provide the title, author, and publication date.
  • For journal articles, provide a full citation including the article title, author(s), journal title, publication date, journal volume and number, and page range.

Average Timeframe:

  • Book requests can take 1-2 weeks to be processed and shipped.
  • Article requests can take from 1 hour to several days to be processed.

Unfulfilled Requests

  • Not all ILL requests will be accepted. If a request is unfulfilled, the requesting patron will be informed and the option for trying a second time with be offered. 
  • Every library has different lending policies which can affect the fulfillment of a request.