Interlibrary Loan

If the University Libraries (Alkek, RRC, ARC) or the Schneider Music Library do not have the item you need readily available, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can borrow a copy or request an article/chapter scan from another library. This is a free service available to current Texas State students, faculty, and staff.

Typical turnaround time for books is 1-2 weeks. Turnaround time for articles varies but most articles are delivered within 24-48 hours.

The following materials can be difficult/slow to obtain via interlibrary loan but we will attempt to obtain them:

  • Dissertations and theses
  • Scores
  • Materials not held by U.S. libraries
  • DVDs, CDs, microform, other media
  • Recently published items and current bestsellers


Round Rock Campus (RRC)

Please indicate in your ILLiad account profile and on the request form RRC as the delivery location. Contact the RRC Library for additional assistance, 512.716.4700 or Ask a Librarian@RRC.

Distance Students

Please used ILLiad for article requests only. If you need to borrow a book the University Libraries does not own, please request it through your local public library. To request materials the University Libraries owns to be delivered to you, use the Distance Education Material Request form.

Electronic Delivery

Most chapter/article requests are delivered electronically. You will be notified via email when the article is available to access.

Alkek Pickup and Return

You may pick up items at the 2nd floor service desk all hours Alkek is open. Please return items to the 2nd floor Desk.

RRC Pickup and Return

Pick up and return items at the Information Desk in the RRC Library, Avery Building, Room 255. You will be notified after an item arrives at the RRC Library.

Renewal of ILL Items

Renewals may be requested. However, they are granted at the discretion of the lending institution. Please request an extension several days before the material's due date in ILLiad.

Contact ILL Staff

Contact our ILL Team at

Interlibrary Loan FAQ

  • Interlibrary Loan is restricted to current students, faculty and staff at Texas State University.  If you are not currently affiliated with the university, please contact your nearest public library for interlibrary loan services.

  • Article Requests

    Check Periodical List to see if we have the periodical and the volume/year in electronic format
    Check the catalog to see if we have the periodical and the volume/year in print format

    Books and Media

    Check the catalog

  • No. ILL staff determine which library(ies) to contact in order to borrow the items.

  • Books, media, hard-copy articles:

    Alkek: You may pick up and return items at the 2nd floor Ask Alkek desk all hours Alkek is open.

    RRC delivery is possible as long as RRC is indicated as the delivery location within ILLiad request / profile. Please contact RRC Library Services for additional information 512-716-4700.

    Electronic delivery:

    If you selected electronic delivery in your ILLiad account, articles are typically sent to your ILLiad account. Log into ILLiad and retrieve them online within your ILLiad account. However, not all lending libraries support electronic delivery. Therefore electronic delivery is not guaranteed.

  • Interlibrary loan materials are meant for short-term use only.

    Due dates for interlibrary loan materials vary and are assigned by the lending library.   Renewals may or may not be allowed. Please pay attention to the due dates and request renewal before the materials are due back.

  •  Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library.

    Eligible interlibrary loan materials may be renewed for 2+ weeks from the original due date, if the owning institution approves the renewal. Multiple renewals are not typically allowed, so do plan to make other arrangements for any material you need long-term.

    Renewals can be requested in your ILLiad account under View -- Checked Out Items.  Click on the transaction number. If the item is eligible for renewal, you'll see a renewal request option.


  • A notice is sent to patrons with overdue ILL material. Please return the items as soon as possible, so that we won't be billed by the owning library.

    If the lending library sends us an invoice, the patron is responsible for all charges assessed by the lending library. 

    Having excessive incidences of overdue items will result in the permanent revocation of Interlibrary Loan privileges.

  • Because books in the Wittliff Collections do not check out, you may request copies from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Unfortunately, we cannot request undergraduate or introductory level textbooks from other libraries. Such textbooks are usually on reserve or other restricted collections and do not circulate to other libraries.

  • Interlibrary Loan and ARC staff may scan journal articles or book chapters from the University Libraries' print collections and deliver them as PDF files to your ILLiad account. There is no charge. Just submit your request as you would an interlibrary loan request. you will be notified via email when your items are available electronically. Delivery time will be approximately 24-48 hours.