Interlibrary Loan Policy

The Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL) is part of the Clemson University Cooper Library Resource Sharing office and provides access to material from libraries worldwide to Clemson University faculty, staff, and students. This service also enables access to the holdings of the Clemson University Libraries to libraries nationally and internationally according to the standards set via the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States and the IFLA International Resource Sharing and Document Delivery: Principles and Guidelines for Procedure.

Borrowing Policies


Current Clemson students, staff, faculty, and emeritus faculty can borrow through Interlibrary Loan.


There is no charge for Clemson patrons to use this service.


Interlibrary Loan will attempt to get all materials requested; however, items are lent at the discretion of the lending library. Many libraries will not lend textbooks, ebooks, audiovisual material, theses and dissertations, material from archives and special collections, and microfilm.


The Clemson University Resource Sharing Office complies with the copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Circulation Policies

Loan periods, restrictions, and fees are set by the lending library. If you would like to renew your book, please contact us BEFORE the due date on the band. Lending libraries will not entertain renewal requests after this date.

Textbook Borrowing

Interlibrary Loan does not borrow course-required textbooks. Many libraries do not purchase textbooks with access codes and thus do not have them to lend. Also, loan periods set by libraries are not long enough to cover the entire semester (please see LATE and LOST MATERIALS above regarding overdue fines).

Late & Lost Materials

There will be $1.00 a day fine for overdue ILL items for students.  Anyone (faculty, staff, or students) who does not return an overdue item within seven days will have all library privileges, including ILL borrowing privileges, blocked. If you lose or damage a book, you will be charged for the lost/damaged book plus the processing fees charged by the lending library.
NOTE:  If you consistently return ILL items late, damage materials, or do not return items at all, your borrowing privileges may be suspended or severely limited.

In order to maintain good relationships with our lending libraries, we must return their items on time.  If you do not return an item on time or when recalled, you are jeopardizing our ability to borrow from the library that lent the item and are penalizing all Clemson students and faculty.

Lending Policies for Other Libraries

Material Available for Loan

Books – Loan period is for 8 weeks with option to renew. Reserve material and Special Collections materials are not loaned. Ebooks are not loaned.
Periodicals – Neither bound nor unbound periodicals are loaned. Copies are provided as allowed under US Copyright Law.
Theses and Dissertations – Loan period is for 8 weeks with option to renew. Hard copy theses and dissertations from general collection are loaned. Copies of dissertations available directly from Proquest Dissertations and Theses will not be loaned.
Microform and Microfilm – Loan period is for 8 weeks with option to renew.
DVDs – 4 weeks only to ASERL institutions. No renewal period.

Loan Period

Loans are for 8 weeks.


Renewals are for 2 weeks

Recalled Items

Recalled items must be returned immediately.

Rush Requests

Rush requests accepted; additional fees may apply.

Submitting Requests

Requests may be submitted via OCLC. Email requests to are accepted with the following information: institutional contact information, maximum allowable cost, complete delivery address, bibliographic citation, indication of compliance with U.S. Copyright or CONTU guidelines.


Payment via OCLC IFM is preferred. IFLA vouchers are accepted. Non-IFM and IFLA transactions are accepted and payment online via credit card is strongly preferred.

Replacement Fee

Replacement fees are charged for items that are lost or returned damaged. The fee is assessed based on the cost of the individual item. Each item lost will also incur a $25.00 processing fee.

Replacement Items

Clemson accepts replacement items for lost or damaged materials (as long as the item is comparable in year of publication, edition, and condition) plus a $8.00 processing fee.

Electronic Delivery

Articles will be sent via Odyssey, Article Exchange or email. If you use stand-alone Odyssey, please be sure that your Odyssey address is included in your request.


Loans Copies
South Carolina Libraries No charge No charge
Reciprocal Libraries No charge No charge
ASERL Libraries No charge No charge
LVIS, SOLINE, LYRA Libraries No charge No charge
United States Libraries 15 15
International Libraries 20 15
Non-IFM Requests Requiring Invoice 20 20
Corporations, For-profit institutions 15 15
Rush Fee (24 Hour Turnaround) 5 5