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Interlibrary Loan Policies for Other Libraries & Unaffiliated Researchers

Posted: Mar 9, 2017

The Rensselaer Libraries' Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Service provides Interlibrary Loan service to other libraries as summarized below.

The Rensselaer Libraries also will attempt to provide single copies of Rensselaer theses and journal articles from its collections at cost to unaffiliated researchers who may not have convenient access to local library services.


Loan of Books and Other General Circulating Materials
Affiliated Libraries* No charge for standard surface delivery.
Other Libraries $ 25.00 per loan (Requesting library arranges for delivery.)
Unaffiliated Researchers Book loans not available

Circulating items are loaned for 4 weeks from the date of shipment. Loan renewals must be requested in advance of loan expiration. Libraries failing to return items after loan expiration will be subject to billing procedures and loss of borrowing privileges.

Electronic materials, journals, reference books, and Rensselaer theses are not available for loan.

Loaned materials should be returned to the following address:

Interlibrary Loan
Rensselaer Libraries
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

* Affiliated Libraries include members of the Connect NY Consortia, the RapidILL group, LVIS, the Capital District Library Council and libraries using the Empire State Library Network ELD statewide delivery service.

Copies of Articles and Other Brief Publications

The below charges apply for materials between 1 and 30 pages requested by libraries without reciprocal agreements. Delivery is through electronic mail.

  • $15.00 OCLC-IFM
  • $25.00 if separate billing required
  • $35.00 for Unaffiliated Researchers
Ordering Rensselaer Theses

Theses containing large scale drawings and/or brittle paper cannot be copied. Supplemental parts of theses, e.g. video and audio excerpts, cannot be duplicated.

A PDF copy of a Rensselaer thesis is available at a cost of $35.00. PDF copies will be sent as a downloadable link in an email. Libraries will be billed directly or charged via OCLC's IFM system. Unaffiliated researchers and other entities are expected to pay in advance either by check or electronic funds transfer. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

PhD theses dating from 1950 to the present and Masters theses from 2013 to the present may also be ordered from University Microfilm International's (UMI) Dissertation Abstract Service. For more information about searching for and using Rensselaer theses see the Subject Guide for Theses and Dissertations

Special Handling

EXPRESS SURFACE MAIL - Regular charges plus delivery service costs. (Requesting libraries should supply their service provider's account number.)

How to contact us.
Other libraries may contact Rensselaer Libraries' Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Service by:
  • email: Interlibrary Loan
  • fax: 518-276-8559
  • phone: 518-276-8310, or
  • the OCLC Interlibrary Loan network (YRM).
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