Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

OCLC Symbol: C8F

Use of Materials 
The library makes its books and manuscripts as accessible as possible within the limits set by their rarity and condition. The following are not available for interlibrary loan:

  • Pre-1900 materials
  • Fragile materials
  • Rare books*
  • Folios
  • Reference materials
  • Periodicals (document delivery only)
  • Microforms (document delivery only)

*Rare Materials
For research- or publication-quality scans of the library's collection of rare and fragile materials, please contact

For Non-OCLC borrowers
Please submit an ALA form to

Response Time 
24 to 48 hours. Rush orders, add $15.00 per item.

Lending Period 
One month.

One renewal.

Loan fee 
$20.00 per item.

Overdue fee 
Add $1.00 per day per item.

Document delivery
Items deemed too fragile will not be photocopied.

Photocopying fee per document 
$20.00 for first 10 pages; 25 cents per additional page.

Lost and damaged material
The library reserves the right to bill for lost or damaged items.

Payment and delivery options
The library prefers payment via IFM; otherwise, an invoice will be sent along with the materials. Payment of invoices can be made by check or major credit card.

Reciprocal agreements
The library is willing to consider reciprocal agreements with other institutions. Please request our reciprocal agreement form.

Contact us at

Document Delivery
Othmer Library of Chemical History
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702
Phone: 215-873-8269
Fax: 215-629-5269

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