Answered By: Renna Redd
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2019     Views: 126

Interlibrary Loan cannot borrow course-required textbooks for you for the following reasons:

  • Textbooks are hard to obtain because most libraries don't purchase them and those who do usually don't lend them (or they're already checked out to students at that institution).
  • Loan periods are not long enough for you to keep it for the entire semester, so if you keep the book the entire semester you'll have a substantial library fine.
  • ILL loans are expensive and we don't have enough money to borrow textbooks for all our students (although ILL is a free service for our students, the Library must pay for the service).

We do understand that textbooks are expensive, but ILL is only part of the solution. Some other possibilities that may help:

  • sharing textbooks with classmates
  • searching online for used textbooks or textbooks at reduced prices
  • check to see if you're textbook is on reserve at the library - If not, ask your professor to place a copy of the book on reserve
  • asking your professor to investigate using open education resources for textbooks.

The Clemson campus bookstore suggests that students in need of financial assistance for textbooks can contact Joy Moss at