Interlibrary Loan F.A.Q

Who can use Interlibrary Loan service?

South Texas College of Law Houston (STCLH) Faculty and Students. Members of Houston Area Law Librarians (HALL) may also request an account.

What may be requested?

Anything not in the Library’s collection.

What does it cost?

STCLH will not charge you for this service. Fees charged by lending libraries are passed on to you, but only with your prior approval.

How long does it take?

This varies depending on what is requested, how many libraries have the item and where they are located. For copies, it could take as little as 24 hours, or for a book, as long as 4 weeks.

Can I track the progress of my request?

Yes, by logging on to your Interlibrary Loan account and viewing your “Outstanding Requests.”

How will I know when my materials arrive?

An automatic email or text will be sent. [At the time you created your account, you should select a notification method (email or text).]  To verify or change your notification preference, log into your account and update your preferences.

Where do I pick up my materials?

Pick up materials at the Patron Services Desk (2nd floor).  Microfilm and In-Library-Use-Only materials may NOT leave the Library.

How long may I keep my materials?

Due dates are set by the lending libraries.  Specific due dates are written on the book bands that identify Interlibrary Loan items.

May Interlibrary Loan materials be renewed?

It is up to the policies of the Lending Library. We can request a renewal, but if they deny the request then you must return the item.  We can always re-request from another library.

Where do I return my materials?

Return materials in person at the Patron Services Desk.

Are my requests saved?

Yes. Log on to your account and click on Interlibrary Loan Requests.

Who do I contact with problems or questions?

Contact the Interlibrary Loan Department via email at AskBlanche@stcl.edu, or call 713-646-1712.