Interlibrary Loan Policy

Interlibrary loan is a service of the McKee Library for the students, faculty, and staff of Southern Adventist University. It affords access to research materials that are not owned locally or accessible through the Library’s online collection. Before requesting an interlibrary loan, please search the online catalog to see if McKee Library already has a copy of what you are looking for in their collection.

You can request an item and manage your loans by accessing your interlibrary loan account here.


Who May Borrow?

  • Southern undergraduate students
  • Southern graduate students
  • Southern faculty and staff
  • Southern distance education students

NOTE: Interlibrary loan is not available to non-Southern students, alumni, community card holders, or docent card holders.

How Do I Borrow Materials?

If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member you do not need to create an interlibrary loan account. Your account is already created and available by clicking here. Once inside your account, please set your communication preferences by selecting “Send library account updates to me” and click on the options for email, text, or both. Please DO NOT select the last option to opt out of library account updates. Once inside your account, you will see buttons to create requests for books, articles, or other materials.

What May I Borrow using Interlibrary Loan?

Journal articles, books, and audio/visual material related to class assignments, faculty research, or staff continuing education and professional growth. 

What May I Not Borrow using Interlibrary Loan?

  • Required course textbooks (some are on hold behind the circulation desk)
  • Materials that already reside in McKee Library's collections
  • Recreational reading, personal materials, and materials for relatives or friends
  • Whole periodical issues or volumes
  • Rare or valuable materials
  • Bulky or fragile materials

Turn-around Time

  • Books average 11 days
  • Journal articles average three days

Copyright Law

McKee Library adheres to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Any person using the library's services is liable for any infringement.



Southern email accounts, and cell phone SMS (if chosen as one of your communication preferences within your interlibrary account), will be used for interlibrary loan notifications pertaining to your loan request(s). In cases where items are overdue, the borrower may also receive a phone call.

Length of Loans/Renewals

Most lending libraries will allow patrons to borrow a book for three to four weeks, with a possibility to renew for an additional two to four weeks. Those wishing to renew can submit a request through their interlibrary loan account.

To express our appreciation to the lending libraries for this privilege, we MUST return books promptly. Failure to return materials on time jeopardizes McKee Library's borrowing privileges with other libraries.


There are no interlibrary loan charges, but the patron is responsible for all costs associated with lost or damaged materials. Charges will vary depending on the type of material lost.

For additional information on interlibrary loan services, please contact:

Donald Martin, Digital Resources Librarian / Interlibrary Loan Manager