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Delivery and Timeframe
Articles are delivered electronically. A PDF of the article will be available by logging into Interlibrary Loan or as an email attachment. Other materials will be available for pick up at the Library and Research Help Desk of the Michael Schwartz Library. Materials obtained through Interlibrary Loan may not be forwarded to the Law Library or to any other address.
The length of turnaround time depends on several factors including which libraries have the items you need and the shipping methods used by the lending library. The typical turnaround time for articles is 2-5 business days, while other materials may take longer: between 7-14 business days.
Materials not owned by the Michael Schwartz Library will take longer to arrive and, in some cases, may not be available. This is especially true for rare and unique items. The turnaround time for material requested during peak activity periods such as mid-terms and finals is often considerably longer than the standard 2 to 5 working days. We cannot guarantee delivery time of any item. Please place requests well in advance of when they are needed.
Limits on Requests
Please be as judicious as possible in submitting requests. A user may submit as many requests as necessary. However, large number of requests from a single user may not all be processed at the same time.
The ILL office may refuse to accept a request if, in our judgment, fulfillment of the request would exceed Fair Use standards or involve a violation of Copyright law (Title 17, United States Code).
Due Dates and Overdues
To avoid penalties, please return loans by the date indicated on the yellow book band. Return ILL materials to the Library and Research Help Desk. If a return receipt is necessary, please notify the desk staff.
Overdue materials are subject to a $.50 per day charge. Items 30 or more days overdue will be billed a replacement fee of $125.00. Upon return, the fee will be reduced to $50.00.
Renewals on Interlibrary Loan materials are strictly at the discretion of the lending library. To request a renewal, please log in to Interlibrary Loan, or contact library.ill@csuohio.ed or 216-687-2382.
Request Status
  • The status of a request indicates where it is in processing.
    • SUBMITTED = Your request is submitted for processing but is either still in review by ILL staff or under consideration by potential lenders.
    • IN TRANSIT = Your request has been filled by a lender and materials are in the process of being routed to you.
    • UNABLE TO PROVIDE = The lending libraries to which your request was sent were unable to fill it. ILL staff will send your request to a new group of lending libraries if possible.
If you still have questions about the status of your request, please contact the ILL office.
User Responsibilities
    • Some materials may be designated as "In Library Use Only" or "No Photocopying" by the lending library. Please help us maintain our good standing with lending libraries by honoring these restrictions.
    • Materials should be returned to the Library and Research Help Desk or the library book drops on or before the due date. If you would like a receipt for the return of your ILL material, please return in person.
    • Failure to return materials can result in your Interlibrary Loan privileges being blocked until you return the items.
    • Failing to return materials in a timely manner places The Michael Schwartz Library borrowing privileges with other libraries in jeopardy. This can result in overdue fines from the lending library and may prevent the ILL team from obtaining material for all Cleveland State University Library users.

Materials requested through Interlibrary loan may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code).