Interlibrary Loan


The library's interlibrary loan service is intended to support research efforts of students by supplementing resources in the collection. Its purpose is not to act as an alternative for class textbooks or for recreational reading. Members of the Simpson University community are welcome to submit interlibrary loan requests through the library. However, please check the catalog, electronic databases, and/or journal holdings prior to using this service. The library may already have access to the material for which you are searching. If you have determined that we don't have the item you need, please confirm your search when asked to do so.

Interlibrary loan service is only available to current Simpson University faculty, students, and staff. All other library users, including those with local clergy, Shasta College, and Shasta Bible College accounts, must contact their local public libraries, workplace libraries, or other appropriate institutions to obtain interlibrary loan services. Before submitting a request, verify that the Simpson University library or another local institution (e.g. Shasta County library) does not have the item.

We charge 10 cents per page for all journal requests that are filled in hard copy form. While most book and audiovisual loans are free, we must occassionally pay to borrow an item. In these cases, your are responsible for any borrowing fees. In these cases, we will notify you of the charge and obtain your approval before proceeding with the loan.

Please read the following copyright restrictions carefully before requesting an interlibrary loan.

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.

The Simpson University Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

In accordance with the U.S. Copyright law, patrons are limited to 5 photocopy requests per calendar year from the most recent 5 years of any publication not owned by the Simpson University Library.

In order to be eligible for interlibrary loan services, you will be asked to verify understanding of these  copyright restrictions and acceptance of full responsibility for compliance with stated Copyright Law.


Many interlibrary loan requests are filled quickly. However, we advise users of the service to start their research as early as possible and be prepared to wait some time for their requests to arrive. Although the library receives most materials much sooner, some may take several weeks to arrive (if at all). The interlibrary loan transaction is a process in which we broadcast our need for material and other libraries respond to it. Occassionally requestors ask for items that no other library is willing to lend. Please request only those items necessary for your research, retrieve materials promptly after notification and return them on or before the due date.

When filling out interlibrary loan forms, please be as comprehensive as possible. Lack of information on the request may delay or preclude the filling of your order. Asterisks (*) indicate required fields.