Interlibrary Loan is a service offered to SC students
and learners, faculty, employees, and anyone with a library
card for the Deets Library. It involves the borrowing of
items from another library.
Anything except for textbooks and course required materials
can be requested for interlibrary. However, some items may
be difficult to borrow because libraries do not lend them
or lend them only in limited quantities. Such items are:
- Dissertations and Master's Theses
- Media (films, CDs, DVDs, etc)
- Archival and Special collection items
- Microfilm (Particularly Educational Documents found
According to Copyright Law, the following restrictions
- the library can only request the same work five
times in a year,
- the library can only receive five articles published
in any periodical title going back five years in a year,
- the library can only request one article per periodical
issue or one chapter per book for a patron.
This service usually takes between 4-14 days because
it relies on shipping and receiving books through the US
Yes, interlibrary loan is available to PS learners. However
depending on your location to Winfield and on the time you
need the material, you may want to use your local library
to request your interlibrary loan. Materials requested for
PS learners must be shipped to the library and then shipped
to you. You are also responsible for shipping it back to the library
if it is a book, DVD, or CD . If you are in the
Wichita, KS, area, you can return library items to any of
the PS campuses. Contact the
library if you have questions.
No, photocopies are yours to keep. You need to return
any physical library items such as books, DVDs, and CDs.
Items can be picked up at the circulation desk unless
you are a distance/online student and wish it mailed to
Photocopies of articles are yours to keep. Books or
other physical items must be returned to the Southwestern
College Library (not the library from which it originated)
so that we can send it back to the lending library.
You may return it by mailing it back to the Southwestern
Library, by dropping it off at one of the Professional Studies
Centers, or by bringing it by the Main Campus library.
If you choose to mail the book, you are responsible for
paying the postage costs for returning the item to us. Our
address is: Southwestern College Library; 100 College
Street; Winfield, KS 67156 USA.
This depends on the lending library's policy. Normally
the checkout will be from 2-4 weeks.
Renews depend on the lending library. Some will not allow
ILL items to be renewed while others will.
If you need a renewal, contact
Cheryl Barnett (620.229.6312) at least 4 days before
the due date and she will notify you if it has been or has
not been renewed.
The library tries to borrow items for free. However,
some items may be only found in libraries that charge $10-$25.
If a library tells us that there will be a charge, we will
contact you to determine if you are willing to pay the fee
before we finalize the order for the item.
If a book or non photocopy item is borrowed through Interlibrary
Loan but not returned, you will be billed by the lending
library for the replacement cost of the book/item.
- Confirm that Southwestern library does not own the
- If it is a book, media, or other physical item,
If it is an article, search
Find Full Text
Periodicals to confirm that the
library does not have a copy of the periodical and,
After you confirm that the library does not own it,
complete the appropriate online form found at the top
of this page. You may also use the interlibrary loan
features found in some of the databases.
Kansas Library Catalog contains all of the books owned
by every college, public, hospital and high school library
in Kansas. Once in the catalog, choose the "Request This
Item" button within an item's description to bring up the
automated borrowing form. The lending library will
ship the book to the SC Library and we will ship it on to
you. You will need to return the book to the Southwestern
College Library at the end of the borrowing period.
The database WorldCat contains all of the items owned
by most libraries in the United States as well as many abroad.
You may submit requests for items in WorldCat but keep
in mind the following:
Borrowing something from WorldCat will take longer
than borrowing from a library within Kansas.
WorldCat, while containing books, may contain items
that are very difficult to borrow including theses,
dissertations, and archival and media items.
Items not owned by many libraries may be difficult
to borrow since they could be rare.
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