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UA Delivery vs. Interlibrary loan

With a bit of planning, you can obtain almost any article or book that you need for research. UA Delivery and Interlibary Loan are to great ways to retreive that important, but inconveniently located item. You may be wondering, "What is the difference between UA Delivery and Interlibrary Loan, and when can I use those services?"

The UA Delivery service, (sometimes called "Document Delivery") allows you to obtain materials that are owned by the libraries. For example: you look up a journal in Minerva. You see that it is only available in print. Fear not! You do not have to make a trip to Dewey, Science or the University Library to photocopy this article! Simply log in to ILLiad, then select UA Delivery and request the article. It will be emailed to you within a day or two. If your designated library is the Dewey Library, you may also use UA Delivery to requests books from the uptown campus libraries, including storage. They will be held for you at Dewey. Usually it takes about 3 days for the book to arrive at your desginated library. You may submit up to 3 UA Delivery requests in one day.

You would place an Interlibrary Loan request when our libraries here at UA do not own the item, or it is not available. Simply sumbit a request by logging in to ILLiad, selecting Interlibrary Loan, and filling out the request form. You do not have to tell us where to find the item, we locate other libraries in our networks, and request the material on your behalf! Depending on the item, it will be emailed to you or placed on hold at your designated pick-up library. It's best to plan adhead: many items are available from ILL within a couple of days, but it can take up to two or three weeks for some hard-to-locate items.

We are always glad to help with this process, so do not hesitate to write or call. For UA Delivery, contact the Dewey Library Reference Desk at 442-3691, for ILL, call the Interlibrary Loan office, at 442-3613.