Borrowing From Other Libraries

Need a book or an article, but Salem doesn’t own it? Get it from another library, either through TALA or Interlibrary Loan!

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that allows Salem’s patrons to borrow materials that Salem doesn’t own from libraries throughout the United States (and from other countries, if necessary). Currently enrolled Salem Academy and College students, as well as faculty and staff, may use Interlibrary Loan.

What is TALA?

Currently enrolled Salem College students and currently employed faculty and staff may borrow books directly from Wake Forest’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, as well as 9 other academic libraries in the Triad region. See “TALA Library Agreement” for more information. ILL requests may still be submitted if you prefer for items to be mailed to Salem Library.

How do I submit an Interlibrary Loan request?

  1. Find an item in WorldCat Discovery that you would like and open its detailed record by clicking on the title.
  2. If we do not hold the item or the item is not available for checkout, click the “Request Item” button (located under Access Options on the right).
  3. Log in to your WorldCat account, using your My Salem credentials.
  4. Fill out the contact information in the form that appears – you must include your Salem email address – and submit your request. For the patron ID field, enter the number on the back of your Salem ID card.
  5. You will be notified when your request has been filled.

Interlibrary Loan Policies

About Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

Most types of materials may be requested via ILL for the purpose of supporting your academic research needs, including books, articles, and audio-visual materials. Most libraries do not lend reference books and special collection materials. Items that CANNOT be ordered via ILL:

  • Articles that are available from Salem’s print and online resources
  • Assigned course materials such as textbooks, reading lists, and reserve items
  • E-Books and computer software

All ILL notifications are sent by email, including due date reminders. Please monitor your email address with regularity after submitting your ILL requests.


Salem does not charge faculty, staff, or students for ILL items if the item is retrieved before the assigned due date AND it is returned on time. However, all borrowers are subject to fines for items damaged or lost (replacement costs determined by lending library). Failure to pick up an available requested item before the assigned due date will result in the following:

  1. First occurrence – $5.00 fee per item
  2. Second occurrence – $5.00 fee per item and suspension of ILL borrowing privileges until the borrower meets with the Access Services Supervisor.


Delivery of electronic copies of articles varies, but there is often a quick turnaround. A request may filled within the same business day or it could take between 3 and 5 business days. You will be notified by email when the item is available. Delivery times are not guaranteed since the lending library determines when an item is delivered. Allow at least (2) weeks for delivery of books and at least three (3) weeks for audio/visual materials. Since we cannot guarantee a quick turnaround time from the lending library there is no “rush delivery” available. Your item(s) will be held for you at the library when they arrive.

Checkout Period & Renewals:

The lending library determines due dates for the items borrowed. The typical borrowing period is 21-30 days. You may request a renewal before your item is due; however, renewals are provided at the discretion of the lending library. Please submit your renewal requests a minimum of three (3) business days prior to your ILL item’s due date. Overdue items incur fines of $1.00 per day.

Please note the following deadlines at the end of a semester:

  • Last day to submit a request for books – 2 weeks before Reading Day
  • All ILL material due back – Reading Day

Please direct any other ILL inquiries to Someone will respond during weekday business hours.