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Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Interlibrary Loan information, policies, FAQs

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Hofstra's Interlibrary Loan unit works with a network of institutions to borrow and loan materials that support scholarly research for faculty, staff, and students. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) obtains articles, book chapters, and other documents from resources not owned or otherwise unavailable from Hofstra. Requested articles and other PDF materials are delivered electronically through our interlibrary loan system ILLiad. ILL also borrows books, dissertations, government documents, microforms and other physical materials not owned by Hofstra or otherwise unavailable from our collection. Once received, these items are made available at the Axinn Library circulation desk to check out. 

We will explore and utilize alternative avenues of access to remote resources (full-text databases, commercial document delivery sources, purchase, etc.). Obtaining materials often involves requesting them from other institutions world-wide. As part of this larger interlibrary loan community, the ILL unit lends requested items from our collection to other institutions.

As a general rule, there is no charge to the patron for the Interlibrary Loan service; Hofstra University Library covers any necessary fees. Occasionally we may encounter a request that exceeds our budget; in this case we will communicate with you to facilitate access.

Document Delivery provides articles, book chapters, and other documents that are owned by Hofstra, scanned and delivered to you via email. The Electronic Article Delivery service is available to all Hofstra faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, Hofstra faculty can request book delivery to on-campus offices.There is no charge for this service.

Hofstra University Library is a member of the Information Delivery Service (IDS) Project, a mutually supportive resource-sharing cooperative within New York State.

Did You Know?

Some Usage Information for September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016


We filled 85% of borrowing requests from Hofstra students, faculty and staff


We loaned the most items to: CUNY Grad Center, LIU Post; SUNY Geneseo, Fordham University, and D'Youville College (Buffalo, NY).


We filled 1,183 Electronic Article Delivery Requests


We received the most borrowing requests from these Hofstra Departments: Psychology, Math, Health and Human Services, Biology


We received the most requests for articles from these journals:  Prenatal Diagnosis, Journal of Turbomachinery, American Journal of Medical Genetics, Geophysical Research Letters, and Suicide & Life-threatening Behavior


We received the most requests for these book titles:

  • Computer networking : a top-down approach / James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross. TK5105.875.I57 K88 2013
  • Policy studies for educational leaders : an introduction / Frances C. Fowler. LC89 .F69 2013

We received the most requests for articles from these journal titles:

  • Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics
  • The journal of clinical psychiatry
  • The Psychiatric clinics of North America
  • The European Journal of Cognitive Psychology
  • Sexual abuse: a journal of research and treatment





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