Interlibrary Loan Policy

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) supports the instructional, research, and scholarly activities of currently employed or enrolled North Central faculty, staff, and students by obtaining research material not owned by the Purdue University North central library.

ILL is a free service for PNC faculty students, and staff. Books are generally delivered with in 6 days and articles are generally received within a few days and are emailed to the borrower. ILL requests are made online using ILLiad for which the faculty, student, or staff member must register for an ILL account. It is not our policy, however, to borrow textbooks or other required reading materials available for purchase in the bookstore through ILL.

Lending libraries determine the loan period and any conditions regarding the use of their materials. Restrictions such as “no renewal” or “library use only” will be observed. Loan periods vary but are usually two to four weeks. Some hard to locate items and foreign language materials may cost. Charges generally vary from $15 to $30. Faculty and students will be notified of charges before a request is made for charge items.

All borrowed materials must be returned by the due date to the Library Circulation Desk. Please avoid placing them in the Drop Box outside the library doors.

Renewals will be granted only at the lender’s discretion. Renewal requests must be made prior to the due date. If the lender denies a renewal request, the book will be considered recalled.

Overdue or recalled materials are due in the Library within five days from date of patron notification. Failure to do so may result in overdue fines ($15 per item) or suspension of borrowing privileges, or both. You are also still responsible for the overdue fees from the lending library. You will be charged replacement costs for lost items. Interlibrary loan privileges may be revoked. Note: If a patron has five or more different interlibrary loan books overdue in any six month period, their interlibrary loan privileges will be revoked.

Patrons are solely responsible for the safe return of borrowed items and financially responsible for any damage or loss of such materials while in their possession. All materials must be returned by the due date. Misuse of this service will be cause to revoke interlibrary loan privileges.

Materials which can be borrowed or copied

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Newspapers on microfilm
  • Government Documents
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Technical Reports

Materials we cannot or do not normally borrow

  • Bound journal volumes or entire issues of journals
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Reference books
  • Rare books
  • Sound recordings
  • Textbooks or class materials for PNC courses
  • Videos
  • Genealogical resources

Note: According to Copyright (CONTU) Guidelines, Section 108 Copyright Law covers the kinds of copying that would typically go on in a library – i.e. copying for preservation, copying to replace a deteriorating copy, copying by patrons at free-standing copiers and so on. Copying for interlibrary loan is covered primarily in section 108(g)(2), which tells us that copyright law is not intended to prevent interlibrary loan but that libraries must not place requests in “such aggregate quantities as to substitute for a subscription.” The guidelines basically establish the number five as the key – five filled copies from the current five years of a copyrighted title during a single year. Charges for the copyright clearance after the first five copies per year will be about $15-$30 per article, depending on publisher. Faculty and students will be notified of possible charges before the articles are requested through a copyright clearance provider or the publisher.


Interlibrary Loan Location and Contact Information: Library-Student-Facilities  (LSF) Building Second Floor — Library — Front Desk Phone: (219) 785-5248 Fax: (219) 785-5501 Email: