Interlibrary Loan

Roux Library provides interlibrary loan service for current faculty, staff, and students to obtain materials not available at this library. Retired faculty members are eligible for limited borrowing privileges, and we reserve the right to pass along any charges or fees. These services are not available to alumni or other users; the local public library also provides interlibrary loan service.

Submitting Requests

Requests for interlibrary loans are placed with the Resource Sharing Librarian. Requests may only be placed online and a separate request must be placed for each item. Please make sure the item is not already available at Roux Library by checking the catalog.

You may also wish to search WorldCat. When you are viewing the record in WorldCat for a book you wish to borrow, you can place a direct request by clicking on "Borrow this item from another library (Interlibrary Loan)."

Borrowing Limitations

Some materials are usually not available through interlibrary loan:

  • DVDs, CDs & AV materials
  • reference works
  • computer software
  • rare books

The library does not borrow required textbooks via Interlibrary Loan.

Why is That?

Interlibrary loan services are intended to assist students and faculty with the short term borrowing of supplementary materials that they might need for class related research, but which are not owned by Roux library.

Purchasing textbooks is part of usual college expenses, along with paying tuition and residence hall/rental expenses and buying school supplies, a parking pass, and a meal plan.

Some textbooks, lab manuals, and course packs are created especially for and used only by FSC courses, so they are not available anywhere else.

Very few libraries interlibrary loan textbooks for their students. Even fewer libraries have the newest editions as soon as they are printed and required for use by professors for classes. Of those libraries that do purchase textbooks, the textbook collection is usually reserved for their campus-use only and are not loaned to other libraries.

Requested books can usually take up to two weeks to arrive, so students are already far behind in their class work and reading by the time the books get here. Students only get to keep a textbook borrowed through ILL for about three weeks. There are no renewals for interlibrary loans.

Because of these factors, occasionally our students have given in to the temptation to keep borrowed materials after their due date in order to have them for classes. This creates a very awkward position for us in the community of libraries with whom we share materials. Roux Library may not be able to borrow from the lending library for any FSC student or staff member if we have been put in this unfortunate position.

Although interlibrary loans do not cost you anything, they often cost the library around $30 or more per request. The library does not have the funding to request hundreds of student textbooks, each of which will only be able to be kept for a few weeks.

Options to purchasing new textbooks can include renting the textbook from the FSC bookstore, purchasing used texts from online textbook sites, or sharing with your classmates.

Turnaround Time

It can take as little as half a day to as much as two weeks or longer to obtain some materials, depending on the availability or type of material requested. Please remember to fill in the date needed by section of the form. Patrons will be notified by e-mail or text when the requested items arrive. Please be sure to notify the library of your current e-mail address and phone number for texting. We will send notification to your FSC default e-mail address if we do not have any other e-mail address on your library account. Please note that some items may be subject to the lender's conditions, such as library use only, which will mean that the item may not be taken out of Roux Library.


There are no renewals on interlibrary loan books. Failure to return books on time may jeopardize future borrowing privileges for you and this library.


Overdue interlibrary loan material will result in the immediate loss of privileges for that service. The borrower is responsible for fines and/or fees received from the lender as a result of the borrower’s misuse of loaned material. Failure to pay for fines and/or fees incurred will result in immediate suspension of interlibrary loan privileges. Upon payment of these fines and fees, the patron’s privileges for interlibrary loan will resume.


If you have any questions please contact Nora Galbraith in the interlibrary loan office; phone, 616-6454 or e-mail,

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. 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 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 copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.