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you have a question about the service ILL provides and do not find
an answer to your question below, please contact the ILL office
at (202) 633-1245, or via email to AskaLibrarian@si.edu.
MAY USE INTERLIBRARY LOAN? Any permanent Smithsonian
Institution employee with a current SIL borrower’s card,
or any non-permanent Smithsonian staff, with current SIL borrower’s
card, and who will be at the Smithsonian for at least 90 days
or more (exceptions may be considered) is eligible to request
that materials be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary
loan. Employees must have no less than 30 days remaining before
termination in order to request ILL materials.
MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE? Books not owned by SIL or books
owned by SIL but declared missing or otherwise inaccessible. Photocopies
from periodicals, newspapers, reference books, rare books and
other non-circulating material not held by SIL. Thesis and dissertation
not held by SIL may also be requested.
MATERIALS MAY NOT BE REQUESTED? Books owned by SIL, unless
declared missing or otherwise inaccessible. Reference books, entire
issues or volumes of periodicals, rare books, bulky items and
other non-circulating materials may not be requested.
I REQUEST RUSH ILLS? Rush delivery of materials may be
requested, but is reserved for materials that are of urgent need.
Rush requests are processed within 24 hours of receipt. How quickly
they arrive depends on the library supplying the materials. There
is a limit of 2 rush requests per day.
MUCH DOES IT COST TO BORROW ILL MATERIALS? Library patrons
are not charged for borrowing ILL materials if lending organizations
charges SIL less than $50.00. However, if charges exceed $50.00,
SIL will notify the requestor. Then, a requestor can opt to pay
the amount charged over $50.00 or cancel the ILL request.
LONG CAN I BORROW ILL MATERIALS? Most lending organizations
loan materials for 30 days. Loan periods, renewals and restriction
of use of materials are determined by the lending library.
I RENEW BORROWED ITEMS? Books must be returned to the
ILL office by or before the due date. Requests to renew material
must be made at least 4 days before the material is due. Final
decisions about whether items can be renewed are made by lending
IF A BORROWED ITEM IS LOST OR DAMAGED? Patrons must notify
the ILL Office, (202) 633-1245, immediately. Patrons are responsible
for replacement costs for borrowed items that have been charged
to them which have been lost, damaged or not returned. Replacement
charges are determined by the lending library and may include
DO I RETURN ILL MATERIALS? Return materials to the ILL
Office or your SIL branch library, by or before the due date.
DO I REQUEST INTERLIBRARY LOAN MATERIALS?Library users may visit the Frequently Asked Questions page at ( http://www.sil.si.edu/ILL/ILLiad_FAQ.htm) for information about our new ILL system. From a link on this page you may register and begin entering ILL requests.