Interlibrary Loan

What is interlibrary loan?

Books, articles, videos, and other materials that are not located in the NVU Libraries collections can be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan (ILL).


Who can use interlibrary loan?

This service is available to members of the Northern Vermont University academic community only. Your library account must be in good standing to request ILL or distance library services. Guest borrowers are directed to their local public library for ILL services. Guest borrowers are community members who are not currently employed by, nor officially retired from, Northern Vermont University.


Manage your account

By selecting the appropriate link below, you can manage and view your interlibrary loan requests.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request an item through interlibrary loan?

Journal, magazine and newspaper articles
Interlibrary loan forms are available online within selected periodical article indexes such as PsycINFO and many of our databases. Use those online forms whenever possible for placing your requests.

If a database does not provide an online form, or if you have found a citation in a list of references in a print source, use the form below.

Books and other items
Interlibrary loan forms are available online within SearchNorth and the VSC Catalog. Use those online forms whenever possible for placing your requests.

How do I access the item once it has arrived?

Articles are normally emailed to the borrower’s NVU email address as PDFs or URLs. If an article is very lengthy or contains many graphics, it will be delivered by campus mail or first class mail to your home mailing address. Be sure to inform the NVU Library if your mailing address changes.

Books and other materials
Books and other items are placed at the InfoDesk and a notification message is emailed. After 10 days, items will be returned to the lending library if not picked up.

What is the borrowing period for an interlibrary loan item?

Unless otherwise noted, you are entitled to the use of an article in perpetuity.

Books and other materials 
Loan periods and renewals for books and other materials are determined by the lending library. NVU Libraries can request extensions or renewals, but these are granted at the discretion of the lending library.

Can I renew items I have borrowed through interlibrary loan?

Renewals of ILL materials may be available. Some items arrive clearly marked “No Renewals.” These items must be returned by the due date to maintain borrowing privileges. Send renewal requests four days before due date to:

Willey Library, NVU-Johnson & NVU Online:
Samuel Read Hall Library, NVU-Lyndon:

What items can I NOT borrow through interlibrary loan?

Typically these items are not available through ILL:

  • Textbooks
  • Reference books
  • Rare books or archival materials
  • Non-academic or costly academic videos
  • Technical reports
  • Periodicals
  • Microforms
  • Genealogy-related materials
  • Dissertations and theses
Copyright Notice

Title 17
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve a violation of copyright law.



The guidelines for this service are set by the Vermont Interlibrary Loan Policy, the National Interlibrary Loan code, and the restrictions of lending libraries.


Contact us

For more information or assistance with ILL, contact us.

Alice Godin (Willey Library, NVU-Johnson & NVU Online) 
Interlibrary Loan Supervisor 
Phone: (802) 635-1277 

Elizabeth Bergman (Samuel Read Hall Library, NVU-Lyndon)
Interlibrary Loan Specialist
Phone: (802) 626-6449