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Interlibrary Loan


Floor 3, Room 314
 -Obtain materials the Ort Library does not own


There are 2 ways you can request an interlibrary loan (ILL):

  • Submit an automated online loan request through the "find it" feature of OneSearch and Research Port
  • Access, fill in, and submit the online ILL form: Enter your 14-digit library barcode number as username, and your last name as password.

Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. ILL services are for FSU students, faculty and staff only.



USM Book Requests

Book requests are similar to interlibrary loans, but are only made within the University System of Maryland. If you search catalogUSMAI and a book title appears that is only available at another campus, select the "request" icon and follow directions. Allow 5-7 days.



Amanda Bena,
Access Services Librarian
Rhonda Hensel
Kathy Showalter
(Please contact Rhonda or Kathy for specific ILL information)

Interlibrary Loan Instructions, Restrictions, and Details

The Interlibrary Loan Office (ILL) exists to provide students, faculty and staff with materials that the Ort Library does not own. ILL can obtain many materials, including books, periodical articles, dissertations, microforms, government documents, technical reports, films, and more.

Some materials that ILL cannot obtain are entire issues of journals, reference materials, old (published prior to 1800) or rare books, software, record albums, audio or video cassettes, and other forms of multimedia.

To request materials, place an electronic request from Research Port. Be sure to check University of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions' online catalog (catalog USMAI) before submitting your request.

For a book, search catalogUSMAI to see if the item is held at a University System of Maryland Library (USM) and therefore available through the Hold Request function.

For a periodical article, first check FSU holdings for the journal title to ascertain whether the specific volume is held in the Ort Library. Also consult the relevant full text databases that FSU subscribes to through Research Port to see if a copy of the article is available electronically. ILL staff will return your request if they determine that you can obtain the material from within the Ort Library yourself.

Materials are usually received within two weeks. Materials are usually supplied free of charge. However, when submitting an ILL request, you may be asked to specify the maximum cost you are willing to pay per request in case there is a fee charged by the supplying library.

You will be notified by phone or e-mail when your request arrives. During regular office hours (Mon-Fri 8:00-4:30) materials may be picked up at the ILL office. Materials may be picked up at the Circulation desk at other times. You may request that your articles be sent to your on-campus office or residence hall via campus mail.

You may submit as many requests as necessary for your research needs. However, ILL Guidelines for a borrowing institution (FSU) state that a library MAY NOT request copies of more than 5 articles from the same journal title published within the most recent 5 years. The user will be notified if an article cannot be supplied due to this restriction, and possible alternate methods for obtaining the item will be provided.

For more information about these services or about the status of specific interlibrary loan requests, contact the ILL office.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 - 4:30

Phone: 301-687-4886
Fax: 301-687-3009