Questions about ILL Requests
Questions about Electronic Documents
Questions about other technical issues
The purpose of Interlibrary Loan is to obtain books and materials for
University of Hawaii at Manoa students (including distance education students),
faculty, staff, and affiliates when the materials are NOT available at the UH
UH Manoa students (including distance education students), faculty, staff, and
affiliates are eligible to use this service.
Any material such as a book or journal article not held in the UH
Manoa Libraries may be requested. While libraries or other suppliers owning the
material govern lending policies and restrictions, UH Manoa ILL normally
provides two week loans, with one renewal.
Many libraries do not lend reference books, journals (unless on microfilm),
media (audiovisual, digital format, etc.), genealogical materials, archival
papers, or manuscripts, but there are sometimes exceptions. Many libraries also
do not lend dissertations or theses. However, electronic copies of many
dissertations from 1997 to the present may be downloaded for free from
Dissertations and Theses (formerly Digital Dissertations). Unbound paper
copies of pre-1997 dissertations may be purchased through Interlibrary Loan from
Dissertations Express for $28.50, our negotiated rate. If there is a problem
obtaining the material you have requested, the ILL staff will contact you.
You will receive email notification when your loan is available. The email will specify where to pick up the material. The location will depend upon the nature of the material:
- Circulating loans will be available for pick up at the Hamilton Library Circulation Counter.
- "Library-Use Only" loans are often rare or fragile materials that require special handling. They will be placed in the Reading Room on the 5th Floor.
- Microformats will be placed at the Microform Service Window on the 1st floor of the library and are "Library-Use Only".
You will be asked to present and leave your UH ID card while using "Library-Use Only" loans. For Reading Room Policies and Hours for Microform Service Window Hours.
Checked Out to Customer (ILL Request System)
In the electronic ILL system, you will see this status when you display the "Checked Out Items/Renew Books" option under the View Requests menu. The status means that your loan has arrived, has been processed by the ILL staff, and has been charged to your ILL account. All loans are pre-checked out on the electronic ILL request system once they are received at the ILL office from the lending library. You are notified via email when your loan is available to be picked up from the Hamilton Circulation Counter.
CALL 956-8568 TO RENEW ***TN 123456***... (Voyager Circulation System)
Under Voyager "My Account", you will see this entry format under the Item listing for each ILL loan charged out to your account. This unusual format is used to distinguish ILL loans from UH system books.
All ILL loans in Voyager will begin with "CALL 956-8568 TO RENEW ***TN 123456*** THE FIRST FEW WORDS FROM THE TITLE"
- Call 956-8568 to renew = ILL office phone number
- TN 123456 = 6-digit ILL Transaction Number used to track requests
- Title Words = The first few words from the loan's title
All circulating ILL loans are pre-checked out on the Voyager circulation system once they are received at the ILL office from the lending library. You are notified via email when your loan is available to be picked up from the Hamilton Circulation Counter.
When the ILL loan is received by our Hamilton ILL unit, you will receive email notification about its availability at the Circulation Counter. The loan will be held for you for 10 days, after which, the item may be returned to the lender if not picked up.
Upon check-out, the ILL items are loaned out for an initial 28-day loan period. The due date will be stamped on the ILL book band due date and also available for review from your Voyager "My Account". Renewals are available at the discretion of the lending library. You may request to see if a renewal is possible:
(Renewals CANNOT be made via the Voyager system).
Although we do not limit the number of requests, there may be restrictions
based on U.S. copyright law. For example, there are restrictions on multiple
requests for the same journal article published within the last five years and
requests for more than one article from a single journal issue in any given
year. According to copyright law, the library must pay royalties due to the
publisher for each article in excess of that, and if those royalties are too
expensive, a request have to be cancelled.
(1) Confirm that the material is NOT available at the UH Manoa Libraries
(Hamilton and Sinclair) before submitting a request. Search Hawaii Voyager to confirm
(2) Log into ILL (Make Requests).
- If a book is held at another UH System library, request it using the Hawaii Voyager Catalog
Get This Item request feature.
- If you wish to obtain a copy of a journal article or book chapter from a title available at another
UH System Library, use the Hawaii Voyager Catalog IntraSystem Article Request form (for instructions, see IntraSystem Article Request Guidelines).
- If you are a UH Manoa student, faculty, or staff NOT residing on the island
of Oahu and are currently enrolled in or teaching UH Manoa courses, you may
request materials held at UH Manoa Library by using the Hawaii Voyager Catalog using either the
Get This Item request feature for UH Manoa books, and the IntraSystem Article Request form (for instructions see IntraSystem Article Request Guidelines). Be sure to select an
appropriate pick up location where you live or include your mailing
- For dissertations and theses, request a loan and specify in the
"Comments" section whether you want to "Purchase" or
"Borrow" the dissertation (see What may be
Delivery time depends on the availability of the material, the nature of the
material, and the delivery method used by the supplying library. Materials that
are not widely owned by other libraries require more time to process. Air mail
or other premium delivery service is always requested for loans, but is not
always possible. For photocopies, most libraries now use electronic methods to
deliver to us. For all requests, BE SURE TO INDICATE ON THE REQUEST FORM the
"Not Wanted After Date".
- Photocopies (journal articles or book chapters, for example): 1-3 days if
delivered by FAX, Ariel®, or other electronic method from the supplier to
us. 1-2 weeks (average) if delivered by mail from the supplier to us.
- Loans received by air mail from the U.S. mainland: 1-2 weeks (average); via
parcel post or library rate: 4-6 weeks.
- Materials from foreign libraries usually take longer.
You will be notified by email when your requested items arrive. Loans are available for pick-up at the Hamilton Library Circulation Counter. (Exceptions are "library-use only" materials: books and other printed materials will be placed in the Reading Room on the 5th Floor; microforms will be placed at the Microform Service Window on the 1st floor of the library.) Photocopies are usually available electronically on the web.
- Loans and photocopy requests are provided at no charge to UH Manoa affiliated borrowers.
Requesters funded by potential grants: please help the library by budgeting ILL needs into your grant proposal.
- Dissertations purchased from Dissertations Express are $28.50 each.
- See fee
schedule for individuals and organizations that are not affiliated with UH.
Effective January 11, 2010, to facilitate the prompt return of ILL loan materials, fees and fines are assessed at the following rates, per item:
- Overdues: $.25 per day
- Recalls: $.50 per day
- Fines are assessed every day including weekends and holidays
- An item is considered lost when the fine reaches $10
- Lost charges include the replacement cost of an item, a $10 NON-REFUNDABLE processing fees, plus any processing fees imposed by the lending library, and accumulated overdue fines.
We appreciate your returning ILL loans in a timely manner. This allows us to keep a good borrowing relationship with the lending libraries. Overdue and lost books may result in the inability to borrow books from the lender in the future. Having our borrowing privileges suspended by other libraries affects everyone who uses ILL, including your fellow students, faculty, and staff. Mahalo for your consideration.
Our ILL system provides you with up-to-date information on the status of your
requests. What you see in your Pending Requests listing (login to the system) are the
statuses assigned by our ILL management software. Here are the most commonly
seen statuses and what they mean:
- Awaiting ALA Processing
Your request cannot be sent for fulfillment via ILL's customary channels or
electronically. ILL staff will send a special request, called an ALA Request (American
Library Association) to a potential lender.
- Awaiting ISL Borrowing Processing
Your request for an IntraSystem Loan (ISL) has been received by ISL. It is now
ready to be requested from another UH campus library by ISL staff.
- Awaiting Customer Contact
Your requested loan has arrived and has been processed by the ILL staff, but you
have not yet been informed that the item has arrived.
- Awaiting Denied Renewal Processing
The lender has said "no" to our request for a renewal. ILL staff is
awaiting return or recall of the item from you so that ILL can return it to the
- Awaiting Post Receipt Processing
Your requested loan has arrived, but has not yet been processed (checked out,
book band generated, etc.) by the ILL staff.
- Awaiting Recalled Processing
The lender has notified ILL that a book checked out to you has been recalled.
The ILL system is currently awaiting recall from you by the ILL staff and
- Awaiting Request Processing
Your request has been received by ILL. It is now ready to be requested from
potential lenders by ILL staff.
- Awaiting User Verification
Your request for IntraSystem Loan (ISL) has been downloaded from Voyager and
must be matched to your username.
- Awaiting Unfilled/Conditional Processing
A potential lender or lenders have notified ILL that they cannot fill your
request (Unfilled) or they are requesting that we provide additional
information, promise to pay, or promise to conditions (Conditional). It is
currently awaiting a decision by the ILL staff as to how next to proceed.
- Cancelled By Customer
You have cancelled this request and no longer require the item.
- Cancelled By ILL Staff
Your request has been cancelled by the ILL staff and you have been notified of
- Checked Out to Customer
Your loan has arrived, has been processed by the ILL staff, and has been checked
out to you.
- Checking Shelves
A search of Hawaii Voyager and/or UH Manoa Library's Electronic Resources has
resulted in the possibility that a requested item is available at UH Manoa Libraries.
ILL staff will determine if the requested item is indeed available by checking the
- Customer Notified via E-Mail
You have been notified that your loan is available for pick up.
- Delivered to Web
Your requested photocopy has been posted to the web for viewing/printing.
- In Print Queue
Your requested item has arrived and has been partially processed by the ILL
staff. It is currently awaiting the printing of its book band.
- Incorrect Item Received and Returned
Your requested item was received from the lender, but it does not match the item
that was requested. It has been returned to the lender and the originally
requested item will be re-requested.
- Received Partial/Incorrect Item
Your requested item was received, but it does not match the item that was
requested or is incomplete. The ILL staff will determine the quickest means to
- Request Sent
Your request has been sent to potential lenders for fulfillment.
From time to time we purge older records. Our policy is to keep requests
online for several years to comply with record keeping requirements of U.S.
When ILL requests for photocopies (journal articles or book chapters, for
example) are received from a supplier, ILL staff "posts" them
electronically in PDF format to the web.
Most but not all. There are various reasons why documents sometimes can not
be supplied electronically. You will be notified by email when your document(s)
have been posted in PDF format or are ready for pick up at the Hamilton Library
Business Office. Please check our hours or phone (808)
956-7103 for a recorded message providing Business Office hours.
There is no charge for viewing an electronic document. In the Library there
is a per page printing charge. A UH Manoa Library copy/print debit card is
required to print from our computers. The card can be purchased whenever the
building is open.
PDF documents can be viewed using a current web browser such as Firefox or
Internet Explorer with the Adobe Acrobat Reader® plug-in. If you do not
already have Adobe Acrobat Reader® installed on your computer,
Your Electronic Documents remain on the web for thirty days from the date you
are notified of their availability.
Yes. Your login for ILL provides you with electronic delivery services.
The Active Server Pages technology that we use to provide live reporting for
the web sends a Session ID to be stored on your machine. You can refuse this
cookie and still be able to use the ILL web pages without any problems.
Your privacy and computer security is important to us. We minimize the
potential for problems by timing out your connection frequently.