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Interlibrary Loan

Lending Policy

UHD will lend all materials and formats except the following:

  • Reference materials
  • Reserve materials
  • Special collections
  • Rare or poor condition materials
  • Computer software
  • Bound periodicals
  • Unbound periodicals
  • Electronic resources


  • Will lend microfilm and microfiche
  • Maximum of four reels of microfilm or 100 sheets of microfiche at a time per institution.


  • Will lend CDs, DVDs, and videos on a title by title basis

Lending Exceptions to UH System Libraries

  • Will lend periodicals on a case-by-case basis to UH and UHCL libraries.
  • Loan periods for these materials will vary.

Loan period

  • Four weeks with one two-week renewal.
  • Submit renewal requests no more than two business days before due date. Items are subject to recall.
  • Libraries that routinely keep materials beyond the four week loan period may be denied further loans.


  • Loans: Free
  • Photocopies: Free
  • No overdue fines will be charged.
  • Replacement/processing charge: Libraries that fail to return an item within 30 days past the 3rd overdue notice (whether or not notices are received) will be billed at full replacement cost of the item plus a $10 processing fee. Processing fee is waived for Amigos member libraries.
  • Libraries with outstanding charges will be denied service until the record is clear.

Billing Procedures

  • Send invoice. UHD is IFM.
  • Will send an invoice to libraries that retain material beyond 30 days past the 3rd overdue notice (whether or not notices are received). We charge the full replacement cost of the item plus a $10 processing fee. Processing fees are waved for Amigos member libraries.
  • Replacement copies for lost/overdue materials will not be accepted.
  • Refunds may be given for items returned after an invoice is paid. Refunds will not be considered after 30 days from payment date. Materials found after that point remain the property of the borrower.

Packing Requirements for Mailing

  • Will accept jiffy bags. Please send all media items in a box.

Service Suspended During Christmas Holidays

  • Service suspended from approximately December 23 through January 2. See our Library Hours page for specific hours and closures.

Loans to Foreign Countries

  • Will lend to Canada

Response Time

  • ILL requests that are received by 8 a.m. are researched the same day.

Contact Information

University of Houston - Downtown
Interlibrary Loan Services
W. I. Dykes Library
One Main Street
Houston, TX 77002


Fax: 713-22-2760

OCLC symbol: THD


Yesenia Aguilar
Library Assistant III, Interlibrary Loan Borrowing & Lending
Phone: 713-221-8278

Anne Zwicky
Interlibrary Loan & Distance Education Librarian
Phone: 713-221-2760