The Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services are intended to serve Brandeis related research, scholarship and work.
Interlibrary Loan requests can be placed for items (books, DVDs, CDs, recordings, scores, journal articles, books chapters, dissertations, microfilm etc.) which are:
Please let ILL staff know in the NOTES field of the ILL request form if you are requesting an item that is checked out, missing, or on Reserve.
What we can't request via ILL:
Print books, if Brandeis owns an e-book version.
Textbooks (other libraries need these for their own students)
Books or media, if we have a copy on reserve
Document Delivery Policies are explained here
Borrowers (patrons) are responsible for loaned material from the time it is picked up at the Information and Borrowing Desk at the Goldfarb Library until the time it is returned to the Information and Borrowing Desk
There is no limit to the number of requests you can place, but due to the heavy volume of requests that interlibrary loan receives, please submit no more than 10 requests per day.
It is very important to return borrowed materials on time. Failure to return materials on time damages Brandeis' relationship with other libraries and compromises Brandeis's ability to borrow materials from them in the future. Lending libraries can, and do, block us from borrowing any more items if we have very overdue books. This adversely affects all Brandeis students, faculty and researchers.
Sometimes lending libraries will cut short the lending period. These books must be returned immediately. We will send you an email message telling you that the book has been recalled and that the due date has changed.
Library Use Only and other conditions:
Sometimes lending libraries send special materials to us on condition that they are used only in the library. These materials are marked Library Use Only, they must not be taken out of the library. Sometimes we also see books where photocopying is not allowed, or only selected pages may be copied. It is important to respect special conditions as set by the lending library.
Interlibrary Loan services are intended to serve Brandeis related research, scholarship and work.
Please do not order recreational materials!
Please try your local public library instead, they are excellent places and deserve your support.
MetroWest public libraries (close to Brandeis): Minuteman Library Network
Borrowers will be notified by email when an items arrives.
Physical materials: All borrowing activity involving books, microforms, and other physical media is strictly library-to-library. Requested items are delivered only to the Brandeis University campus where they are made available for pickup and/or use at the Goldfarb Library.
Electronic media: Copies of journal articles and other electronic copies are delivered electronically. You have 30 days to view or download articles before they are automatically deleted from the system. On rare occasions we receive articles on paper that cannot be delivered electronically, due to size or quality, or other restrictions, then the paper copy will be available on the ILL hold shelf at the Goldfarb Library Information and Borrowing Desk.
Hours: 8:30am–4:30pm, M–F
Information and Borrowing Desk:
Phone: 781-736-5626 (or 781-736-LOAN)
Problems or emergencies:
Contact the Interlibrary Loan department during business hours. If you need to report a problem after 4:30pm or during the weekend, please contact the Information and Borrowing Desk.
Library, Interlibrary Loan
415 South Street, MS 045
Waltham, MA 02453-2728