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Interlibrary Loan Services

If we don’t have a book, journal article, or other material in our collection that you need, the Allen Ginsberg Library can request it from another library. This service is called Interlibrary Loan (ILL), and is available to Naropa University students, faculty, and staff. With the exception of certain rare items, this is a free service.

Please keep in mind that it can take two weeks or more to get material through ILL, depending on the availability of the material requested. However, many books will arrive within a week, and articles may arrive much faster.

Theses, dissertations, unpublished manuscripts, and other rare items may be difficult or impossible to obtain or may have a borrowing charge.

Please see our Finding Research Resources page to explore other options for obtaining materials, and email library@naropa.edu with any questions.

  • All patrons are billed $0.50 per day for any overdue ILL item.
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  • Interlibrary Loan services are available to all current students, faculty, and staff. Alumni and other borrowers can make requests through their local public library.
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  • Only books NOT owned by the Allen Ginsberg Library are eligible for ILL, even if that item is checked out. (You may want to place a hold on it through the library catalog).
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  • In general, it is library policy to neither collect nor keep textbooks. This extends through an interlibrary, so one cannot use this service to request a copy of a textbook.
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  • Only 10 books may be requested/checked out to a patron at one time. Please do not request more than 10 in a single checkout period.
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  • The loan period for books is set by the lending library and is normally somewhere between 3-5 weeks.
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  • To request renewal email library@naropa.edu one week before the item is due. Renewal requests cannot be placed once an item is overdue. Oftentimes, ILL items cannot be renewed.
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  • In most cases, ILL is provided as a free service. However, there may be a charge for rare items with limited availability. In such cases, you will be contacted and asked if you are willing to pay the fee. When filling out a request form, please indicate how much you are willing to pay in the “Max Cost” field. Note that we still make every effort to borrow from libraries that do not charge.
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  • You will be charged a replacement fee for lost books, the amount stipulated by the lending library. Note: Replacement fees can be as high as $200.00!

Entire volumes of periodical publications like journals, magazines, and newspapers normally cannot be borrowed through ILL. However, we can request digital copies of individual articles to be sent to us through ILL.

Requesting Articles by Email:
Send a full citation (any style) to library@naropa.edu from your Naropa email (needs to be your official naropa.edu account) with “ILL Request” in the subject line. Please send a maximum of 10 ILL requests in one email. Create a second email if you would like to request more than 10.

  • An article citation includes the author of the article, the year the article was published, article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages, and doi if available.
    • Examples of a full citation for requesting articles: 
      MLA
      Reed, Ishmael. “American Poetry: A Buddhist Take-over?” <Black American Literature Forum, vol. 12, no. 1, 1978, pp. 3–11. doi:10.2307/3041490
      APA
      Reed, I. (1978). American Poetry: A Buddhist Take-over? Black American Literature Forum, 12(1), 3-11. doi:10.2307/3041490
      Chicago
      Reed, Ishmael. “American Poetry: A Buddhist Take-over?” Black American Literature Forum 12, no. 1 (1978): 3-11. doi:10.2307/3041490

Physical books and digital copies of individual chapters from books may be requested.

How to request a book:
  • Go to the WorldCat database.
  • Search for your book (tip: try using a combination of title and author).
  • Once you have located the record for the item you wish to borrow, click on “Borrow this item from another library”.
  • Fill in the required fields and submit the form. 
  • Note: The “Max Cost“Note: The “Max Cost” field refers to the maximum you would be willing to pay for this item. Most books will be free so you can just enter “0.00”. However, if you know the item is rare and you are willing to pay $25.00 you could enter that amount here, but we will still try to get it for free first.
  • If you have difficulty finding an item in WorldCat, please send a full citation to library@naropa.edu from your Naropa email (needs to be your official naropa.edu account) with “ILL Request” in the subject line. We will try to find it for you.
How to request a book chapter:
Send a full citation for each chapter to library@naropa.edu from your Naropa email (needs to be your official naropa.edu account) with “ILL Request” in the subject line. Please send a maximum of 10 ILL requests in one email. Create a second email if you would like to request more than 10.
  • A book chapter citation includes the author of a chapter, year the book was published, number/title of the chapter, editor of the book if applicable, the title of book, chapter pages, and publisher.

    Examples of a full citation for requesting book chapters: 
    MLA
    Harvey, Andrew. “Chapter 1: Ten Things You Can Do Right Now.” The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism, Hay House, 2009, 3-8.
    APA
    Harvey, A. (2009). Chapter 1: Ten Things You Can Do Right Now. The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism (1st ed., pp. 3-8). Hay House.
    Chicago
    Harvey, Andrew. “Chapter 1: Ten Things You Can Do Right Now.” In The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism, 3-8. United States: Hay House, 2009.

Please Note: Theses, dissertations, and other unpublished or rare documents may be difficult or impossible to obtain through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Send a full citation to library@naropa.edu from your student email (needs to be your official students.naropa.edu email) with “ILL Request” in the subject line.
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  • Most libraries will charge a borrowing fee for theses and dissertations. Please indicate the maximum cost you are willing to pay in the requested email. (If you aren’t willing to pay anything please indicate that in the email).

Please Note: Many libraries are unwilling to lend sound recordings, videos, and other AV materials through interlibrary loan. For this reason, AV requests may be difficult or impossible to fill.

  • Go to WorldCat database.
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  • Search for your AV material (tip: try using a combination of title and author).
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  • Once you have located the record for the item you wish to borrow, click on “Borrow this item from another library.”
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  • Fill in the required fields and submit the form.
  • Note: The “Max Cost” field refers to the maximum you would be willing to pay for this item. You can just enter “0.00,” however, given the limited availability of AV items you may want to enter a dollar amount that you would be willing to pay here, but we will still try to get it for free first.
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  • If you have difficulty finding an item in WorldCat, please send a full citation to library@naropa.edu from your student email (needs to be your official students.naropa.edu email) with “ILL Request” in the subject line. We will try to find it for you.

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