As part of our Tripsaver service, the NCSU Libraries borrows materials that are not available in the NCSU Libraries from other libraries and document delivery vendors. This includes materials not owned by the NCSU Libraries as well as items that are checked out, lost, or missing.
There is no charge for this service.
Am I eligible?
NCSU faculty, staff, visiting scholar, registered student and university affiliates may use this service.
What can I request?
We will try to obtain any type of library material. However, A/V materials, whole journal volumes, genealogical sources, unpublished manuscripts, and materials that are rare, fragile, or in high demand are often hard to get. We will NOT request textbooks, or items that are currently available in the Reserve Room.
How do I place a request?
- First, Check the NCSU Libraries' online catalog.
- If you are looking for a journal article, try our Journal List.
- If these steps are unsuccessful, log on to Tripsaver . If needed, consult a member of the Reference or Interlibrary Loan staff for assistance in clarifying citations and in locating and identifying indexing and abstracting sources.
How long will it take?
Plan ahead when requesting materials. Usually an interlibrary request takes 5 to 10 working days depending on the difficulty of the request and the location of the lending library.
If the item is available at UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. Central, or Duke it should take only 2 working days.
What if I'm in a hurry?
If our office is open (Weekdays 8-5) call us at: 919-515-2116. If the IL/DDS office is closed, go ahead and place a request using the online request form and mark it "rush" or "urgent" in the comments field. Then call us the next morning.
Before you make a request:
- Check with a reference librarian before you make an interlibrary loan request because some items can be hard to find in our online catalog.
- Check the library catalogs of UNC-CH, NCCU, and Duke. With your NCSU ID you have certain borrowing privileges at these universities.
Where do I pick up my materials?
Books must be picked up at D. H. Hill library or one of the branch libraries. Articles and most other photocopied materials will be sent as a Web Delivery. Materials on microform (microfilm, microfiche, and microprints) are for library use only. These will be held for you at the circulation desk, located on the first floor of D. H. Hill Library.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for this service. However, late fees, recall fees, and replacement costs for lost books all apply.
How do I return materials?
You can return materials to any of the branch libraries, the Circulation Desk at D. H. Hill Library or the Interlibrary & Document Delivery office. Please do NOT return them directly to the lending institution and do NOT put them in one of the book drops.