Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services

The HPU Libraries provide Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services in order to help University students and faculty obtain research materials that are not readily available in the HPU Libraries' collections. "Interlibrary Loan" and "Document Delivery" are the terms used to describe the process of borrowing books and/or obtaining journal articles from other libraries or institutions.

Because ILL requests may involve an investment of time and/or money on the requestor's part, it is recommended that you first utilize the print and electronic resources available in the HPU Libraries. Please consult with one of our reference librarians ( or 808-544-1133) during the course of your research so that we may help you locate resources that may have been overlooked.

How Do I Place an Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery Request?

Search HPU Discovery[Libraries Worldwide]. After finding the book or article you want, click the Request button to open the ILL request form. The citation details carry over automatically, so you only need to enter your information.

Use this link if you have a citation and can't find the article in HPU Discovery: Article Citation Finder

You may also use the links below to access the online request forms:

Book Online Request Form

Journal Article Online Request Form

Turnaround time in borrowing or obtaining materials can take 1 – 2 weeks for articles and 2 – 4 weeks for books. Factors affecting delivery time include: the location of the lending institution and the availability of the requested material, workloads both here and at the lending libraries, and the delivery service used. Please be sure to give yourself adequate time to receive requests.

The HPU Libraries will look for and utilize free options for ILL requests whenever possible. Unfortunately, there may be times when no free options for an item can be found; in these instances, the average cost is $15.00 - $20.00 per item. Please note: the online request form enables you to specify the maximum amount you are willing to spend for each of your ILL items. 

Users are responsible for paying all ILL lending fees that may accompany items they have requested (whether or not materials are picked up). Please refer to our Interlibrary Loan Policy [PDF] for more information.

Some materials may not be available through Interlibrary Loan. These can include: audiovisual materials and items that are fragile, oversized, or in a library's special collections.

The HPU Libraries comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. As part of copyright law, the Libraries are restricted from obtaining more than five (5) articles from a particular journal per calendar year. By submitting Interlibrary Loan requests, you acknowledge your compliance with "fair use practices" in regards to copyright limits.

Notice of Copyright

The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, Libraries and Archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.

By submitting any ILL request, you acknowledge and agree to all terms and conditions of the Libraries' Interlibrary Loan Policy [PDF]. 

Users are responsible for picking up ILL materials. Library staff will notify users when requests arrive; however, if an item has not been picked up by the due date, it will be returned to the lending institution.

Please return Interlibrary Loan items on time (due dates are determined by the lending institution, not by the HPU Libraries). Users with overdue ILL items on their records will not have any additional ILL requests processed by the HPU Libraries until the items are returned. Please remember that ILL items are the property of other libraries; they do not belong to HPU. Overdue items damage the University's credibility as a borrower in lending circles and may prevent HPU from being able to obtain future ILL items.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Stephanie Nakamura
Office: (808) 544-0291

Assistance is also available at the Access Services desk on the 2nd floor of Meader Library, by phone: (808) 544-0210, or through the Chat with a Librarian service.