Interlibrary Loan

If you need work-related materials that are not in the Library's collection, the Library will borrow books and obtain photocopies of journal articles for NCI at Frederick employees. This service is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States, the Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association, the rules and regulations of the OCLC interlibrary loan network, and the lending policies of the individual libraries from which we borrow.

Journal Articles can be requested in the following ways:

Requests which cannot be filled in the Scientific Library are automatically ordered from other libraries. Please give complete information including complete title of journal, volume, issue number, date, pages, author(s), title of article, and source of citation (where you learned of the article). If not all information is known, please fill out request with as much information as possible.

Books can be requested by using all the methods listed above under "Journal Articles" except Loansome Doc, which is for articles only. Please give complete details including author(s) or editor(s), complete title, date, edition (if any), publisher, place of publication, and source of citation (where you learned of the book).

Most lending libraries require all of this information before they will fill a request. In addition, the more complete the information you give us, the more quickly and accurately we can locate and obtain the material.

Please indicate any deadlines regarding need for these materials. In general, it takes 7-10 working days to receive materials on interlibrary loan. A staff member will call you when a book comes in. Books must be picked up and returned in person. Photocopies will be sent through interoffice mail or in PDF format via email.

Although we will request materials for you year-round, please keep in mind that many libraries suspend loans for a time before and after the holidays in December.

If you do not have complete information about your request or you wish to discuss special project needs, please contact us.