Interlibrary Loan Policy



The purpose of Interlibrary Loan is to provide access for our patrons to materials not found in the Alverno Library, and as a resource for materials from our collection to all eligible requesting libraries. Interlibrary Loan is considered an adjunct to, not a substitute for, the Alverno collection. Only materials not included in the Alverno Library and the other SWITCH libraries (Cardinal Stritch, Concordia, MIAD, Mount Mary, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis Seminary, and Wisconsin Lutheran) may be requested. An exception is made if the Alverno Library and/or SWITCH item is determined lost, missing, or checked out.

A loan or copy of any kind of library material may be requested on Interlibrary Loan as long as it is in accordance with the policy of the lending institution.



Students, faculty/staff, alumnae and courtesy card holders are eligible for borrowing privileges from Interlibrary Loan services.



An Interlibrary Loan request may be submitted one of two ways:

Online Request - An Alverno patron may request an item through the Alverno Interlibrary Loan Online Request Form which can be found using the Borrow From Other Libraries link on the Alverno library home page.

WorldCat Resource Sharing Request - An Alverno patron can make a direct request from this site by connecting through the WorldCat database which can be found using the Databases A to Z link on the Alverno Library home page.

Info Needed?


A request made through Alverno must include the patron's Alverno library barcode number. Other important information that is needed is the patron's daytime and evening telephone number, their email address, their present status as a faculty or staff member, a student as an undergraduate or graduate, or as a community member listed as an alumnae or community patron. Faculty and staff patrons must indicate their department of employment.

Request Info?


When requesting items, it is important to include as much information as you can find regarding the item. It is also important to enter the information correctly with no spelling errors. The following information is needed:

Books - Complete title, ISBN number, author, publisher, and copyright date.

Articles - Complete title of the article, complete journal title, ISSN number of the journal, date of the journal, volume of the journal, issue number of the journal, and the page numbers of the article. A copy of the bibliographic citation source from a computer search is also helpful.

DVD or VHS - Please indicate the format in additional information



Materials requested by Alverno patrons will be obtained at no charge to the patron except for special requests.

Articles - Articles are free to all Alverno patrons. Online articles will be forwarded to the patron via email.

Special Requests - The patron may also be asked to pay for special requests such as a service for a RUSH request or for a special item that would cost our library more than the standard cost. These additional costs would be discussed with the patron before the request was made.

Dissertations - If a dissertation is needed for Alverno-related research and the item cannot be borrowed from a lending institution, an available microfiche copy will be purchased at no cost to the patron. The copy wll remain the property of Alverno after the patron's use. If the patron wishes to keep the dissertation, the patron will be assessed the cost of the item.



We like to say, "Plan ahead!" Time needed for loan or photocopy transactions may take up to 7-10 days. Most in-state and nearby-state requests arrive well before the 7-10 days.

Loan periods are determined and set by the lending institution. Renewals are usually granted but not for more than one time.

Pick Up?


Notice of material arrival is made by means of a telephone call or by email and can be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Articles must be paid for at pickup.



Materials on loan will always indicate the DUE DATE of the item. Returns should be made at the Circulation Desk. Requests to renew the item should be placed with the Interlibrary Loan office before the due date. Overdue materials are subject to the lending institution's fine policy and the costs will be passed on to the patron.

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Last updated 01/08/10