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ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan) at Ferris State University

ILL Policies


We attempt to borrow most items. Whole issues of journals, genealogical materials, dissertations and A/V may be difficult to obtain.

Due to copyright restrictions, articles may be borrowed once only. Books and other materials needed more than once will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Note: We do not borrow textbooks for classes. 

Turnaround & Delivery 

  • Article requests without ISSN included: 2-4 days
  • Article requests with ISSN included: 1-2 day
  • Books: 7-10 days

When making a request, allow enough time to process your request and receive the item(s). You will be notified by email when your item(s) arrive. Books may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.  Articles and scanned book chapters sent to you electronically are yours to keep. You have 30 days to download electronic files.

Returning Loans

Return loans to the Circulation Desk with the label or bookstrap attached. If you are a distance learner, please mail book back to FLITE. Be mindful that ILL is a reciprocal service and that the books you are using are not ours. Please treat them with care.  

Renewing Loans

Submit renewal requests through ILLiad before the due date. Renewals are granted by the lending library only. You may keep the book until we provide you with the new due date or request that you return the item. Your ILLiad account will notify you if the book was renewed.  

Overdue and Lost Charges

There are no overdue fines for late return of ILL materials. FLITE may suspend borrowing privileges for patrons who repeatedly return ILL materials late. 

If an ILL item is lost, the patron is responsible for the replacement costs as determined by the lending library plus a $20 processing fee.

Copyright Information

The ILL office cooperates with the copyright guidelines of the federal government & individual publishers. We may turn down requests due to copyright restrictions or charges. We will attempt to refer you to a location where you can obtain the item.

Account Information

Please keep your account information updated as ILLiad is not tied to any other university account at this time. 



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.

The Ferris State University Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that request would involve violation of copyright law.