Q. Do I have to pay for an interlibrary loan?
When you fill out the interlibrary loan form, you will notice that there is a space for you to enter the "Maximum Cost you are Willing to Pay."
We try our best to get the item you requested for free, when possible.
But sometimes people request an obscure item that not many libraries own, or one that was published outside of the U.S. Those may only be available from a large university outside of Ohio (like Harvard or UCLA), which will not lend for free. This is why we ask how much you would be willing to pay; if the cost of the loan is within your range, we can still get the item for you.
You are encouraged to fill this space with "zero" if you do not wish to have to pay for the item. Most of the time we are successful in getting items for free, but if not, library staff will contact you to talk about your options.
Interlibrary loan services are available only to current DC students, faculty, and staff.