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Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services for JCU Community


All members of the JCU community can request materials not available in the Frohring Library collections through Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services (ILL/DD). 

ILL/DD services are always free for Faculty members.

Graduate and Final Year students can get up to 5 items as interlibrary loans (per semester) from Italian Libraries for free. For any request that exceeds the free ones, users will be required to pay shipment expenses and lending library fees, if any.

All other patrons are always required to pay the shipment expenses and the lending library fees. Shipment expenses within Italy may vary from €5 to €8 approximately.

For interlibrary loans that come from libraries located outside of Italy, all users (with the exception of the Faculty) will have to pay a fixed fee of €35. 

Requests for interlibrary loans will only be provided if they can be fulfilled by library located outside of Rome. If the items requested can be accessed in Roman libraries, the librarians will provide the relevant information and the requestor will be able to get hold of the items by going directly to those libraries.

Before posting any request, patrons should first check the library catalog and electronic collections to verify that the needed item is not already present in the Library, either in print or in electronic format. Requests can be placed directly through JCU Discovery (see related guide), or via email ( They will be processed within 1 business day. The requestor will receive an e-mail notification as soon as the item is ready to be picked up at the Welcome Desk.

Each patron can have up to 5 active requests at any given time (including pending requests and checked out books).

Interlibrary Loan (book materials)

Interlibrary Loans are intended exclusively for book materials in print format.

Please note that Libraries do not usually lend the following items:

  • Ebooks
  • Media (DVDs, CDs, etc.)
  • Textbooks
  • Old and rare books
  • Theses
  • Issues of journals
  • Non book materials

Textbooks used in JCU courses cannot be requested as an interlibrary loan.

Delivery time cannot be determined in advance, it may take from one week (national deliveries) to four weeks to receive requested items. Patrons should keep in mind delivery times when placing requests.

Loan rules and durations are established by the lending library and must be respected. In some cases lending libraries may require not to allow the items to be used outside of the Frohring Library. Renewal requests are allowed and must be made before the initial due date. 

Document Delivery (copies of articles, chapters, etc.)

Document Delivery is the service that provides articles or chapters/parts of books not owned by the library.

Please note that, according to the Italian Copyright Law:

  • copies are always for personal use only;
  • it can be copied up to 15% only of the total number of pages of a book;
  • copies can be provided to patrons by means of a printed document only, not electronically.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services for Libraries

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery requests can be be sent to They will be processed within 2 business days.

The following materials are excluded from loan:

  • Reference books
  • Textbooks
  • Theses
  • Periodicals
  • Media
  • Ebooks

Loans last one month and can be renewed. The Frohring Library reserves the right to recall documents.

  • National interlibrary loan: € 8.00 per item
  • International interlibrary loan: € 20.00 per item
  • Document delivery: Free

Payment is possible with Italian stamps or IFLA vouchers. Agreements can be made for free reciprocal ILL/DD services.

Reproductions are sent in compliance with Italian copyright law restrictions.

The Frohring Library is liable only for damages incurred during shipment to the borrowing library (if appropriately notified). All other damages will be covered by the borrowing library according to the lending library request.

Il servizio di Prestito Interbibliotecario e Document Delivery a utenti esterni è erogato solo attraverso l’intermediazione di altre biblioteche.

Le richieste vanno indirizzate a​ e ricevono risposta entro 48 ore.

Sono esclusi dal prestito:

  • i libri della sezione Reference
  • i libri della collezione textbooks 
  • le tesi
  • i periodici
  • gli audiovisivi
  • gli Ebooks


I prestiti hanno durata mensile e possono essere rinnovati. La Frohring Library si riserva il diritto di richiedere in anticipo la restituzione dei libri.


  • Prestito interbibliotecario nazionale: € 8.00 per libro
  • Prestito interbibliotecario internazionale: € 20.00 per libro
  • Document delivery: Gratuito


Il pagamento può avvenire con francobolli italiani o IFLA vouchers. E’ possibile stabilire accordi di reciprocità gratuita.

Le riproduzioni si effettuano nel rispetto delle norme vigenti sul diritto d'autore.

Il rimborso di eventuali danni del materiale inviato è da intendersi a carico della biblioteca richiedente.