Q. Why is We Deliver Interlibrary Loan service limited? When will full service be restored?
Nationally, in-person library services are still very affected by the COVID pandemic. Many academic libraries are still closed, operating remotely, and sharing print materials between libraries has gotten more complicated. When we are able to borrow materials from other libraries, they are taking longer to arrive and often, due dates are quite short.
For this reason, we made the difficult choice to limit print interlibrary loan items to faculty and doctoral researchers at this time. We will be looking at the library climate in summer 2021 and hope to return to full service as soon as our partner libraries can support us. In the mean time, if you have a longer-term research project, thesis, or capstone-type assignment that require specialized materials (that you can wait to receive), you can work with your librarian and they can give an exemption to the policy that would let us try to get more unique items for you (again, knowing that we are unable to fill many requests at the moment because partner libraries aren't sending materials as they normally would).
We can send any "Available" items from the Antioch University Library print collections to you (for term loans with enclosed return shipping bag) and we can also request copies of journal articles not owned by AU (or book chapters/sections less than 50 pages). We're trying to keep library service as robust as possible without compromising concerns for health and safety -- and within the limits our academic library partners have in place.
We appreciate your understanding and please do be in contact with your librarian if you need materials for longer-term projects and need a waiver.
Thanks for using the library and stay in touch -- we want to help!
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