Interlibrary Loan Policies

Non-Vanderbilt individuals should contact their home library to initiate borrowing requests. Please email for any assistance.

We accept requests via OCLC (TJC), ALA (transmitted via mail, fax, etc.), letterhead, or email. Requests must originate from the borrowing library.

We do not mail books between December 10th and January 2nd (copy service is not affected).

The rates quoted here are general, and do not apply if we have an established reciprocal or consortial agreement. Please note that our Law (OCLC: TJL) and Biomedical (OCLC: TJM) libraries are separate suppliers with their own policies and fee schedules.


Loan period: Material is due back for check-in here 6 weeks from date shipped. Renewals: 2 weeks. All loans are subject to availability and approval, and will be recalled if needed locally.

Charges:  $10.00 IFM or $15.00 invoiced. Tennessee, ASERL, ARL, and ATLA are exempt (except those which charge us). We may match your charges if higher. 
International loans: US $20.00 or 3 IFLA vouchers, and should be returned via airmail or courier. 

Noncirculating: Periodicals, newspapers (except microfilm backfiles), reference, most audiovisual.

Audiovisual/Media: Our largest a/v collections no longer circulate for ILL. However, we lend whenever possible. When loaned, use period may be shorter, restrictions may apply, and loans should be returned via FedEx or equivalent.

Dissertations (doctoral): Lend all; 1952+ also available from ProQuest/UMI. Theses (master's): Lend all, except to non-lenders.

Government documents: Lend (but out-of-state ask closer regional depository first); US GPO selective depository since 1884.


Charges:  $10.00 IFM, or $15.00 invoiced. Tennessee, ASERL, and ATLA libraries are exempt (except those which charge us). We may match your charges if higher. 
International orders: Same, or 1.5 IFLA vouchers. 

We generally will not photocopy long items which can be loaned. 

Delivery: Odyssey, Article Exchange, email attachment, or mail. (We no longer use Ariel.)



Interlibrary Loan Service
Jean & Alexander Heard Library
Vanderbilt University
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN   37203-2427 USA

Lending 615-322-1029
Borrowing 615-343-4222
Fax: 615-343-7276

Athena, ARL, ASERL, ATLA, CRL, Kudzu, SCUU, TRS Agreement.
Holdings in OCLC (Symbol: TJC), NUC (Symbol: TNJ), ULS (Symbol: TNJ or TNV), etc.