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Sherrod Library

East Tennessee State University

Interlibrary Loan: How Long Does It Take?

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ILL Turnaround Time

How soon will my requests arrive?

On average, articles arrive within 3-5 days and books arrive within 8-10 days. These averages are for everyone, even full professors. A good rule of thumb: allow one week for articles and two weeks for books.

I requested two books at the same time, and one came a week later than the first. How did that happen?

We try to borrow from libraries in our state and region (NC, VA, etc.) first, but if there isn't a copy, or if nearby copies are in use, we go on to try libraries farther away. It can take over two weeks for a book to come by library rate from Oregon, for example.