Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015     Views: 189

Whether or not you as a patron will pay money actually depends on your local library, not on Harvard. Some libraries are able to provide the service to their patrons at no charge; others have to charge fees to cover at least a portion of their own cost. You'll need to inquire at the library you have in mind. 

At Harvard, Interlibrary Loan charges for lending to other institutions vary by Harvard library.  The Harvard College Library, which includes Widener and Lamont, charges a basic fee of $25 for interlibrary loan or photocopying services. Loans to libraries outside the U.S. are $45 and copies $25. This covers up to four volumes or photocopied material up to 50 pages. Costs may be higher if a large amount of photocopying or special handling is needed.

Typically, borrowing libraries pay the fees to Harvard and then charge their own patrons depending on local policy.  Payment via OCLC ILL Fee Management (IFM) is preferred, or invoices will be forwarded after the ship date. If paid by invoice, payment must be made by check or money order in U.S. dollars.

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