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Interlibrary Borrowing

A free service provided by the User Services department of Adelphi University to the Adelphi community. It is used to borrow materials that are not owned by Adelphi University Libraries. There is no charge.

OCLC Symbol

Our OCLC symbol is VJA

Lending Policies for Libraries within United States

Adelphi University Library lends to all libraries within United States. Most items owned by the Adelphi Library, Garden City are available for loan.

We are unable to lend items located at other campus libraries of Adelphi. We accept requests from other libraries through ILLIAD and OCLC.

If you don’t use these ILL systems you may send your request by filling in ALA-ILL Request Form.

Lending Policies to International Libraries

We do not send any returnable items outside of the United States.

However, we do supply photocopies of journal articles when permitted to reciprocal libraries free of charge and non-reciprocal libraries with nominal cost.

What materials do we lend?

Lendable Materials Not Lendable
  • Books and reports
  • Journal articles and book chapters
  • Conference proceedings and papers
  • Dissertations and theses
  • Audiovisual materials (CDs, VHS, DVD)
  • Bound journals or single volumes
  • Curriculum materials
  • eBooks
  • Genealogical resources
  • Music Scores
  • Rare books/Special Collection items
  • Reference/Reserve Books
  • Popular Reading/New Books

Loan Periods

Generally the loan period is 4 weeks.

Renewals are granted for another 2 weeks, only if there is no recall or hold placed on that item.

Only one renewal request is allowed. Borrowing libraries are responsible for damaged or lost materials.

Request & Delivery Methods

Electronic Delivery Information:




Reciprocal borrowers: No charges
Non- reciprocal borrowers: No charge for copies 1-25 Pages 
0.20 per Page for 25+ Pages


Rush Requests:

Available upon request at the borrower’s expense. Please call before 12 PM EST.



IFM, Invoices, IFLA Vouchers, Check


Damaged or lost Item:

All damaged items and lost items are determined by the actual cost of the item and includes $ 15 service fee.



We ship loans by USPS and LAND. UPS delivery is available upon request at the borrower’s expense. Please include your UPS account number on the request form.
Photocopies are delivered via Odyssey, email, fax or regular mail as requested.