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About the Library: Interlibrary Loan

Learn more about the Langston Hughes Memorial Library.

Interlibrary Loan

Lincoln students, faculty, and staff may request to borrow material from other libraries when Langston Hughes Memorial Library does not own the material. Request an ILL item.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) refers to the cooperative arrangement of libraries to globally share resources physically and electronically. National and local interlibrary loan codes usually preclude libraries from borrowing and lending the following materials:

  • Books published within the last 12 months
  • Textbook and readings required for current courses
  • Material owned by Langston Hughes Memorial Library
  • Certain non-print materials

Use WorldCat to get information on the book you want to request via ILL.

Contact Ms. Bonnie Horn, Interlibrary Loan Technician, at 484-365-7356 for additional information about ILL.


  • ILL services are free of charge to all Lincoln students, faculty, and staff. 


Submitting Requests

  • Before submitting a request, Lincoln users should check Primo, Lincoln's online public access catalog, to determine if the library owns the material.
  • Requests can be submitted by completing the ILL request form 
  • Requests submitted in excess of suggested limits will be processed as time allows or according to any priority you have indicated.
  • In rare cases, a lending library may impose an extraordinarily high fee that may need to be discussed with the requestor before the ILL transaction is completed.


Loan Periods and Renewals 

  • Usually lending libraries loan books for 3 - 4 week lending periods.
  • Lending instructions are provided with each item.
  • Journal articles usually do not need to be returned.
  • Lending periods, renewal decisions, and restrictions on the use of material are at the discretion of the lending library.
  • Contact the ILL Office at least 5 days before the due date to inquire about renewing an item.
  • Return borrowed ILL items to the circulation desk on or before the due date to maintain good relations with the lending library.


Notification and Checkout

  • Patrons will be notified by telephone or email when the item is available to be checked out or if  the item is not available from a lending library.
  • Bring your Lion Card with you to the circulation desk on the main floor of the library to checkout your item(s).