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If you have problems or questions relating to InterLibrary Loan, please call a librarian at 434-797-8405 or email

If you wish to inquire about the status of an item AFTER you have ordered it, email

Frequently Asked Questions

All you want to know about InterLibrary Loan.

Can I get an interlibrary loan?
Interlibrary loans are used to obtain items that are not available at the DCC - Barksdale Library. Current DCC students, faculty and staff may request interlibrary loans. Alumni and community patrons are not eligible for this service and will be directed to use their public library.

What is the cost for an interlibrary loan?
There is no charge for Interlibrary Loan services, as the Library covers the cost of acquiring materials and photocopies.  If the item can only be obtained through a lender that charges, we will ask the patron if they wish to pay the charges. You will be contacted before any fees are charged.
Patrons will be charged for all items not returned along with any associated lost book fees or late fees.

How long will it take to get my interlibrary loan request?
For articles or other electronically delivered items, it is about 2-3 days.  Please allow 7 days to 2 weeks to receive other requested items.

Where do I pick it up?
Books, microform and other physical materials must be picked up from and returned to the Circulation Desk. Users will be notified by email when a requested item has been received or if there are any problems filling a request. Items that are not picked up by their due date will be returned to the lending library.
Digital copies of journal articles will be sent by email to your campus email address and do not need to be returned.

How long can I keep the item?
The loan period for books, microform, and non-photocopy material is determined by the lending institution. Usually, the loan period is four weeks (or 30 days). The patron is responsible for returning the borrowed item(s) by the due date to the Barksdale Library Circulation Desk.  If the item(s) can be renewed, make a request to the Library email at least one week prior to the due date. Patrons will be charged for all items not returned along with any associated lost book fees or late fees.
Institutions that loan materials, including DCC, reserve the right to recall items at any time.

Can I get dissertations?
Often, dissertations are only available at the issuing institution, and not all libraries will loan them. There is no certainty that a request for a dissertation can be filled or that you will receive it in a timely manner. The Interlibrary Loan office will fill as many requests as possible.

What about copyright?
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for a purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If an individual uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in it’s judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


How to order materials.


Danville Community College provides Inter-Library loan (ILL) services for users who need materials which are not available in the Barksdale Library and which can be borrowed from other libraries.  Our materials are also loaned to other libraries.  Resource sharing is an important way to expand collections and maintain a high level of service to library patrons throughout the state and region.  However, interlibrary loan requires a high degree of cooperation and coordination resulting in many hidden costs to both borrowers and lenders.   To assure that the service can be completed in a timely manner, and costs kept to a minimum, the following guidelines for service will be followed.

Who can request items?

Inter-Library loan requests will be accepted from current DCC students, DCC staff and faculty, and Dual Enrollment students and faculty.  Alumni and community borrowers are referred to area public libraries for Inter-Library loan services.

What items cannot be borrowed?
  • Materials which are on order
  • Best sellers
  • Materials which were published within the last year
  • Books not yet in print
  • College catalogs
  • Pamphlets
  • Reference books
  • An entire issue of a magazine or journal
  • Audio-visual materials 
  • Textbooks
  • Rare materials, including manuscripts
  • Items published over 75 years ago
  • Requests which may violate copyright limitations

What to know when making a request

   All available sources of information located in our library which are appropriate to the research being undertaken should be explored prior to making an interlibrary loan request.  A librarian is available for assistance with research.

   All interlibrary loan requests must be approved by a librarian.  The librarian can assist the patron to determine if alternate sources of information are available at DCC.

   Interlibrary loan requests for students will be prioritized to research materials needed for class work or assignments. Requests made by Faculty or Staff may include any materials needed for research. 

   Interlibrary loan requests are also limited by copyright restrictions.  Only five articles can be requested per periodical title in a calendar year.

   Charges from lending libraries for lending materials and copying materials must be paid by the requester.  The borrower will be informed of any fees prior to requesting the item through ILL.  The borrower must agree to pay the ILL fee before the request is finalized.

   If a book is in print and is not needed within the next six weeks, it should be considered for purchase, instead of being borrowed on interlibrary loan.  A librarian will make that determination.

   Items are provided by the lending library.  When a requested item arrives, the name of the lending library, the title of the item, date item is due to DCC, and the name of the borrower are provided on the band around the book.  The date the item is due back to the DCC library will be one week prior to the due date indicated by the lending library.  The librarian will notify the borrower the day before the item is due as a reminder to return it to the DCC library.  If the item is not returned to DCC on the appropriate date, the librarian will telephone the borrower to remind him/her to return the ILL immediately.

   Materials borrowed via interlibrary loan must be returned on time in compliance with the lending library's conditions and our library circulation policy.  Fines, including service fees assessed by the lending library, will be assessed if material is overdue, lost or damaged.

   Interlibrary loan requests will not be filled for those users who have on two occasions failed to pick up their ILL request, or returned interlibrary loan materials late on two occasions, or who fail to pay for lost or damaged interlibrary loan materials.

   If a patron wishes to renew an ILL item, the patron must contact the librarian 10 days before the item is due at DCC with his/her renewal request.