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Sofia University Library: Interlibrary Loan

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The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific 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.

Interlibrary Loan

Individual requests for interlibrary loan are only accepted from students, staff, and faculty affiliated with Sofia University. If you are not affiliated with Sofia University, your request must go through your local library.  Interlibrary loan requests must be made using a valid email address.

The Sofia University Library has arrangements with many other schools and libraries that allow us to borrow books and obtain journal articles that we do not have in our own collection. Usually, your requests for articles and books can be filled within a few days, or a week. However, it is best not to wait until the last minute because some items may be difficult to acquire. Most books can be borrowed for up to three weeks and in some cases, this may be extended.

Most articles and books can be obtained free of charge. 

Dissertations and theses from 1997 on (and often even earlier) are available to Sofia University students, staff, and faculty for free download from the Sofia University Library's subscription database ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global. 

If your citation is in a database in ProQuest, use the Interlibrary Loan link on each database record. 

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