Medical library collections provide users with knowledge to inform patient care, research, class assignments, personal health decisions, and general enlightenment. With limited budgets and the rising cost of subscriptions, it is not feasible for libraries to own every book or journal subscription their constituents might need. The Interlibrary Loan Service is a collaboration with other libraries to provide journal articles and books that the UT Health Science Center Library does not own, and to fulfill requests from other libraries for items that are in the HSC collection.
In FY 2014, the UT Health Science Library processed the following:
- 1,587 items borrowed from other libraries
- 6,885 items delivered to other libraries or to individuals through Loansome Doc
- 722 items delivered to area health professionals
To request a book or journal article through Interlibrary Loan, the requester must first create and then log in to an account in the ILLiad system.
When searching online in PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, Web of Science, or other databases, clicking on the HSCLink will retrieve the article. If the library does not subscribe to the journal, an option to “Get through Interlibrary Loan” will appear.
The process has been streamlined so that the turnaround time for delivery of articles is now a couple of days rather than weeks. UT Health Science Center (HSC) students, faculty and staff can request delivery of journal articles directly to their email. Book chapters are scanned and also emailed to requesters. Print book copies are still delivered the old-fashioned way, by mail or courier. Best of all, the service is free to HSC requesters–except for rush orders. This service is also available for a fee to licensed, practicing area health professionals.
For more information, contact AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu or call 210-567-2450.
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services