Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services locates and provides access to materials not available at the Athens State University Library. Because the borrowing, lending, and photocopying of materials is provided as a courtesy, certain restrictions must be adhered to including copyright law.

Eligibility for Services

  • Interlibrary Loan Services are available to faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students.
  • Limited privileges are provided to patrons with a current Athens State library user card for a fee.

How to Apply

  • Requests may be made for physical books, copies of book chapters, and copies of articles only.
  • Before submitting a request, the patron should verify that the material is not available via Kares Library by searching OneSearch on the library’s website.
    • If an item is not available, choose Request Item through Interlibrary Loan and complete the form.
  • Requests can also be made via the following forms. If complete information is not presented, the ILL personnel will contact you about the source:
  • Physical materials take one to two weeks to receive under normal circumstances. If the item being requested is time-sensitive, please be aware that the Kares Library has no control over the actual delivery date provided by the lending library.
  • Electronic materials (copies) usually take less than a week.
  • Please notify the Interlibrary Loan office immediately if the material is no longer needed.

NOTE: It may be to the patron’s advantage to retrieve items from libraries within a 40-mile radius of Athens State personally.

  • Notification
    • Patrons are notified via e-mail when the material arrives.
    • For electronic items, the item retrieval information will be in the notification email.
  • Since the lending library already sets the due date, items should be picked up at the Circulation desk promptly after being notified.
  • Please wait at least a week after a request is submitted before checking with the Interlibrary Loan office on the requested item.

For questions or further information, please call or email

Bethany O'Brien

Bethany O’Brien

Library Support Specialist (Circulation)

ILL@athens.edu