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Click on your school below to access a general resource guide for each program in that school. The general guides provide resources and research tips specific to your discipline. Farther down this page are some helpful tips related to the research process. Click on the headings to open/close each box.

School of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership
School of Creative Arts
School of Health Sciences
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Tablets, Laptops, & More!

Do you need to make a video for a class project? Have you encountered the Blue Screen of Death on your laptop and need one to use while yours is fixed? Need to record lectures to help with note taking? The Vann Library can help with all of these issues and more. Vann Library provides a variety of equipment available for checkout from the User Services desk.

Equipment available:

  • Laptops (PC & Mac)
  • USB Microphones
  • Voice Recorders
  • Portable Projectors
  • iPads
  • Digital Cameras
  • Video Cameras
  • Tripods

Locker Rental Available

Are you a Commuter and need somewhere to store your things while on campus? Do you hate lugging your books back and forth across campus? Checkout one of our 30 lockers available in the Pope John Paul II Building.

Lockers are checked out for a semester at a time and are free to use. The only fee is a $25 fine for lost keys or damages. Want one? Need one? Have questions? Stop by the Library’s 2nd floor User Services desk and we will help.

Need study help? Tutoring is Available!

If you need study help, visit the Tutoring page from the Student Success and Academic Advising Center here at USF. Tutors are available in several subjects and at different times throughout the week.

Research Help

Are you working on a new research project? Unsure where to start? Where to search? Follow our step-by-step Research Guide to help you through the research process. This online guide will help you develop a topic, find the right resources, create citations, and avoid plagiarism.

Course Reserves

Does your professor have readings on course reserve? Here is the link: Course Reserves Use the search box provided to locate your course. You can search by the name of the course, instructor, or the course prefix (e.g. NURS, EDUC, BIOL).

Look over this page of our Research Guide for a better understanding of Resource Evaluation.

Our Research Guide includes resources and tips for correctly Formatting Citations.

For a closer look at the different types of resources you can use for your research project, check out the Information Resources page in our trusty Research Guide.

Video Tutorials

We are in the process of updating our videos and tutorials, so some of the screen images included in the tutorials below might come from our old system or the old library website. Please contact us at (260)399-8060 if the videos below do not provide the answer you need. Thank you.





NOTE: The Interlibrary loan service is provided to the extent that library resources allow. We reserve the right to limit number of requests based on item availability, item cost, and current budget constraints.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if the library doesn’t own the work I need?

While you are conducting research, you may come across references to a work that appears to be perfect for your project –except that your library doesn’t own a copy of it. Just fill out an ILL Express Request form. We have a web-based interlibrary loan management system called ILL Express Request. This system makes it easier for you to make requests and for the library to fill them. The system allows you to follow up and track your loan requests.

How do I locate materials not owned by USF?

There is an online catalog of materials owned worldwide. This catalog is called WorldCat and can be accessed from the Vann Library’s homepage.

Who may use ILL?

Current USF students, faculty and staff are eligible to use ILL services.

Can USF online students and faculty use Vann Library interlibrary loan services?

Yes, with some limitations. Online students, faculty and staff may request articles, book chapters (one chapter per book), theses and dissertations. Because of national ILL policy restrictions and copyright laws, we are not able to order books for online students. Online users can use their local libraries for ILL services or might be able to take advantage of our reciprocal borrowing agreements, dependent upon their location.

What is ILL Express Request?

ILL Express Request is the electronic system you use to request an item through interlibrary loan. You will find it easy to submit your interlibrary loan requests. You will only have to enter your name, address and personal information into the system once, at the time of your first request.

How do I request an interlibrary loan?

New interlibrary loan service users will need to register for an ILL Express Request account. Registration requires you to provide some basic information and should only take a few minutes to complete. When searching for books, online students and faculty need to remember they are limited to one chapter per book; this is due to copyright laws. Once your requests are made, you can log in and track your requests.

Why do I need a username and password for ILL request?

Your username and password allows us to give you secure access to information about your interlibrary loan requests. We can also enable you to edit your personal information such as your address or phone number.

Your username can be anything you like, such as your name, abbreviations or an alphanumeric code. Your password also can be anything you like. You don’t have to use your USF login information. We recommend that you follow good security practice and choose a password that is different from those you use to access other systems. However, no one but you will know your password, not even the library staff. The password you set is stored in an encrypted file.

How am I notified when my interlibrary loan material arrives?

You will be notified by email when the material is ready. For electronic requests, you will need to log on to your ILL Express Request account and select “Electronically Received Articles,” under the view section on the left side of the screen. Your received requests will show up in the middle of your screen. Book requests can be picked up at the user services desk on the second floor of the library.

Can books borrowed from interlibrary loan be renewed?

Generally, yes. Check the due date on the book strap. If it does not indicate no renewals, log in to ILL Express Request and request that the item be renewed. Please submit a renewal request at least three days before the item is due so we may contact the lending library for permission to renew. ILL will inform you of the new due date via email.

Why can’t I keep the ILL books as long as I need them?

For items borrowed from another library, the duration of the loan and any restrictions on using the item is determined by the lending library. They also determine if a renewal for an item will be allowed. USF honors the rules established by the lenders. Borrowing materials from another institution is a privilege. You are expected to return books in a timely manner.

What kind of materials may not available from interlibrary loan?

  • Materials already owned by the Lee & Jim Vann Library
  • Rare or valuable materials
  • Entire issues of journals
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Computer software

How much will it cost to use interlibrary loan materials?

Materials requested through interlibrary loan are usually available at no cost to the requester. If the requested item is a book, the requestor is responsible for any overdue charges or replacement charges for lost items.

How long does it take?

You should plan ahead. For electronic requests, please allow four to five business days to receive your ILL Express Requests. Although electronic materials can come more quickly, you should not plan on having it sooner.

Book requests take 10 to 12 business days on average. When the book arrives, you will need to pick it up at the Lee and Jim Vann Library. Please note the due date and return book requests in a timely manner.

Who do I contact if I have interlibrary loan questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department by phone at 260.399.7700, ext. 6061 or by email at ill@sf.edu.

Crown Point

How do I request materials if I attend USF Crown Point?

If you are taking health sciences classes at USF Crown Point, you can request your materials through St. Anthony’s Medical Library located at 1201 S. Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307-8483. If you have questions about the interlibrary loan process, you can call St. Anthony’s Medical Library at 219.757.6345 or email Monica Nowesnick. If you are taking classes that are not in the health sciences field, you will need to send your requests through your ILL Express Request account.

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