Ikeda Library provides Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services to SUA students, faculty, and staff to support their research and scholarly needs. By borrowing academic resources from other libraries, Ikeda Library is able to provide the SUA community access to more books and journal articles than are currently available in the library’s physical collections or databases.
Ikeda Library is in agreement with the guidelines of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States Explanatory Supplement states:
Interlibrary loan is intended to complement local collections and is not a substitute for good library collections intended to meet the routine needs of users. ILL is based on a tradition of sharing resources between various types and sizes of library and rests on the belief that no library, no matter how large or well supported, is self-sufficient in today's world. It is also evident that some libraries are net lenders and others are net borrowers, but the system of interlibrary loan still rests on the belief that all libraries should be willing to lend if they are willing to borrow.