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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a service that locates and borrows materials not available at Farha Medical Library. The conditions of interlibrary loan services are set by local agreements, the regulations of the individual libraries, the National Interlibrary Loan Code, and copyright law. This service is available to KU affiliates and non-affiliates. There may be charges associated with interlibrary loan requests. If you have questions, please contact the interlibrary loan staff at 316-293-2629.

You must be in good standing with the Library in order to continue borrowing items from outside institutions.

Interlibrary Loan Policies

Requesting Interlibrary Loans

  1. Check the Farha online catalog to make certain the material is not available in the library.
  2. If the material is unavailable in the Farha Medical Library, please phone requests to 316-293-2629, or fax requests 316-293-2608, or email
  3. There are no ILL charges for KU Wichita students, faculty, residents, & staff.
  4. It usually takes 3-5 business days to fill requests for hard copy materials but can take longer depending on mail services. Completeness of the citation information and the availability of the item are factors that affect the delivery time.
  5. Items sent electronically may be available within 24-48 hours.
  6. When the material is received, you will be notified by phone or email. Interlibrary loans may be picked up at the circulation desk 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Loan Periods

The loan period for books is determined by the lending library and is usually at least two weeks. The due date is written on the colored band attached to the book.


Renewal of interlibrary loan materials will be handled through the Farha interlibrary loan staff. Renewal requests must be made prior to the due date.

Frequently Asked Questions: Interlibrary Loan

What is available through Interlibrary Loan?

Materials not available in the Farha Medical Library may be requested through interlibrary loan. Not all items are available, many libraries will not lend rare or valuable materials including reference books, audiovisual, review books, thesis, or materials in high demand. The circulation policies are at the discretion of the lending library.

How long will it take?

The "turnaround" time is decreasing, but it is difficult to estimate. Items sent electronically may be available within 24-48 hours. Books and journal articles mailed from out of state usually take one to two weeks to arrive. If you have a rush request, please phone the library at 316-293-2629.

Where do I pick up my materials?

Books and articles will be held at the circulation desk. You will be notified by phone or email when the material is available.

Last modified: Aug 25, 2021
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