Interlibrary Loan Services

Interlibrary loan serves to expand the range of publications available to the LIU Riverhead community. Administrators, faculty, staff and students may request that articles and publications be borrowed from other libraries. To request books from other LIU campuses, please use the "Request" link in the LIU online catalog. Eligible borrowers should use the ILLiad system to request journal articles.

IMPORTANT: Interlibrary loan materials that are not able to be sent directly to the individual requesting them will be sent to Ines Seifert in the administrative office at the LIU Riverhead Campus and should be picked up from her.

When requesting material, always provide the source of your citation. The source may be a database, a published abstracting service, or a footnote in another publication. Please include both the name of the source and the citation number or page number where you found the citation.

Time Factors
The time needed to fill interlibrary loan requests varies greatly, and it is often difficult to predict how much time will be needed. Books and articles owned by other campuses of Long Island University can usually be obtained within a few days. Please allow at least three weeks for delivery of material not owned by Long Island University. Interlibrary loan periods are determined by the lending library.

In most instances, the library is able to absorb the costs associated with obtaining books and articles on interlibrary loan. When the costs are unusually high, the staff of Interlibrary Loan will ask the requester whether or not the requester would be willing to pay the costs, or whether the request should be cancelled.

It is often difficult and in some cases impossible to borrow certain kinds of library materials on interlibrary loan, since most libraries either do not own or do not lend such items. Items generally not obtainable on interlibrary loan include: rare books, manuscripts, reference books, books about genealogy, audiovisual materials, entire issues of periodicals, scholarly books published during the current year or in some cases the previous year, theses, dissertations, and new textbooks. If you are in need of such items, please speak to the reference or the interlibrary loan staff.

Important Copyright Information
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later 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 its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
For additional information, please call Interlibrary Loan at (516) 299-2898 or email Interlibrary Loan at