What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
Who May Use Pratt ILL Services?
Items that May Not be Requested via ILL
How do I Use ILL?
How to Submit an ILL Request
Delivery of ILL Items
How Long for ILL Items to Arrive?
Loan Periods for ILL Items
Requesting to Renew an ILL Item
Fines for ILL Items
Special Conditions for ILL Use
Where Do I Return ILL Items I Borrow?
ILL Contact Information
Copyright and ILL
Make a request using:
The Pratt Institute Libraries provide interlibrary loan (ILL) services for Pratt faculty, students and staff in good Library standing.
ILL is used to obtain materials not owned by Pratt Libraries for purposes relating to:
- Academic studies (textbooks may not be requested)
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) assists scholarly research by obtaining Library materials not owned by the Pratt Libraries. ILL locates needed materials in other Libraries, borrows books and obtains photocopied material on behalf of eligible Pratt Library patrons. If you are unsure whether ILL is the best way to get what you need, or if you are having trouble finding information on your topic, ask a Reference Librarian.
- Only Pratt faculty, students and staff in good Library standing may use ILL.
- Only Pratt faculty, students and staff with a valid Pratt ID, with a current validation sticker may use ILL.
Note: Anyone with a pattern of overdue/lost ILL items may not use ILL services.
- Books owned by Pratt Institute Libraries
- Articles available from Pratt Institute Libraries electronic database and e-journals
- Articles from periodicals owned by Pratt Institute Libraries
- Reference books
- Entire volumes or entire issues of periodicals
- Check PrattCat to be sure the Pratt Libraries does not own the item.
- Check the Pratt Libraries' current e-journals page to make sure the item is not available to you electronically.
- Check the Pratt Libraries' articles and databases page to make sure the item is not available to you electronically.
- After you are sure Pratt Libaries does not own the item, you can submit an ILL request .
- You may submit only 20 ILL requests per week.
- Non-print materials, such as videos, sound recordings, and computer files, can be requested but are often difficult to obtain.
Make a request using:
Libraries' online ILL form
- Online via the WorldCat database
- Print out an ILL request form and bring it to the Reference desk on the 1st floor East Reading Room (Brooklyn) or the Circulation desk at Pratt Manhattan.
- Articles will be delivered electronically whenever possible.
- Brooklyn ILL request items: Pick up at Brooklyn Reference desk
- Manhattan ILL request items: Pick up at the Manhattan Circulation desk
- Most ILL items arrive within two weeks of being requested.
- Patrons will be notified via e-mail or phone when ILL arrives.
- Books not picked up promptly will be returned to the lending Library on the item's due date.
- All loan periods are set by the lending libraries.
- Loan periods are typically 2-4 weeks.
- The lending library decides due date.
- Loan periods for ILL items must be followed and respected.
- Be aware that all borrowed ILL material is subject to recall.
Do not return ILL items late.
- ILL renewals are not guaranteed.
- ILL renewals are made at the discretion of the lending library.
- If you would like to try and renew your ILL items, you must do so prior to the item’s due date.
- Renewal requests for overdue ILL items will not be accepted.
- It is your responsibility to return your ILL items by their due date.
- If your renewal request is denied you must return your book by it's due date.
- For Brooklyn ILL renewal requests contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-230-6841.
- For Manhattan ILL renewal requests contact email@example.com or 212-647-7547.
ILL services depend upon the good will and reciprocity of other libraries. Failure to return items on time jeopardizes Pratt’s reciprocal relationship with the libraries that lend to us. Please return your ILL items on time.
- Overdue fine is $5.00 a day for each day an ILL item is overdue.
- All patrons including faculty are charged overdue ILL fines.
- A history of overdue ILL items will cause a suspension of ILL privileges.
When borrowing ILL materials patrons agree to abide by the lending library's assigned conditions of use.
- Some libraries restrict use to "in-library use only."
- Some libraries restrict or prohibit photocopying.
- Patrons agree to return materials in good order.
- Patrons will be held responsible for any damage or loss incurred while borrowed material is in their possession.
- Failure to meet these conditions may result in fines and/or the loss of ILL borrowing privileges.
- If you have any questions about the restricted use of materials contact ILL staff (see contact information below).
- ILL items must be returned to the circulation desk at the library you picked them up at.
- Do not place ILL items in book drops outside or inside the library.
- Do not return ILL items to the reference desk.
- Do not return ILL items directly to the lending library.
NOTICE WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.