Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service by which items not owned by the SAC Library can be borrowed or obtained from another library. San Antonio College students, faculty and staff without overdue items or fines may request items through ILL. Generally, there is no charge for ILL, but some libraries may charge a fee to loan a book or copy an article. These fees must be paid when an item is picked up. The SAC Library pays mailing fees.
ILL requests will be processed as quickly as possible and a requestor will be notified if his/her deadline cannot be met.
Lending libraries set the terms of a loan, and the ILL borrower must abide by these terms. Loaned books/media items must be returned promptly to avoid jeopardizing SAC Library relations with lending libraries. Because libraries generally do not loan the following items, the SAC Library does not request them: multi-volume sets, textbooks for classroom use, rare books, manuscripts, audiovisual materials, reference materials, and entire issues of periodicals.
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies of copyrighted material. Libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy if it is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If an ILL borrower uses a photocopy for purposes in excess of "fair use," he/she may be liable for copyright infringement.