ILL Costs and Turnaround Time

Costs

The average per-item cost for ILL transactions is $17.50, according to the most recent information from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).  The UCSB Library does not charge faculty, staff, or currently enrolled students for Interlibrary Loans.  Please request only those materials necessary for your research.

Turnaround Time

About 75% of all materials borrowed from within the UC system of libraries arrive within 3 to 5 working days. The fastest method for requesting materials is via CDL Request. Materials not owned by UC Libraries will take longer to arrive and, in some cases, may not be available. This is especially true for rare and unique items.  The turnaround time for material requested during peak activity periods such as mid-terms and finals is often considerably longer than the standard 3 to 5 working days.