Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services  


Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

ILL is a library sharing system which allows faculty, and staff to borrow books and articles not owned by the USSOCOM Library.

ILL for books is only available for on-premises patrons. 


What is Document Delivery?

Separate from ILL, Document Delivery is for books, articles and media owned by the USSOCOM Library. We will pull library USSOCOM materials from our shelves; these items will be held at the front desk for up to 1 week. You can request:

  • Books, audiobooks, and DVDs to be pulled and placed on hold
  • Book chapter scans
  • Article scans

How do I make an ILL request?

Email the full citation to

Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


What can be borrowed through ILL?

Books and journal, newspaper, and magazine articles not owned by the USSOCOM Library. ILL for books is only available for on-premises patrons. 

What cannot be borrowed through ILL?

  • Textbooks
  • Reference materials
  • Whole journal issues
    • *Copyright restrictions prohibit borrowing more than one article from a single issue of a periodical published in the last 5 years*
  • Rare books, manuscripts, etc.
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Materials not available through traditional library databases such as some association publications, web-based articles, and industry standards. 

How long does it take?

​We will submit requests as quickly as possible, but plan ahead as it can take time for requests to be processed and filled by a lending library. This process can take two weeks or longer, depending on availability.

Is there a cost?

The shipping costs are covered by the library. 

How do I retrieve my ILL?

Library staff will email you when your requested material arrives. Books can be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Articles will be emailed to you directly.

How do I renew an ILL?

Call the USSOCOM Library at 813-826-4663 to request renewal. Checkout periods and renewals are determined by the lending library.

Renewals must be requested at least 3 days before the due date in order to process the request in a timely manner and remain in good standing with the lending library.