Document Delivery Service Policy


Using document delivery service, NJIT students, faculty, and staff may request scans of journal articles and book chapters from materials available in the Van Houten Library and Littman Library print collection. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff will scan articles or book chapters and deliver them as a PDF to library patrons’ ILLiad accounts.

Who may use document delivery service (DDS)?

  • Currently registered NJIT graduate students and undergraduate students,
  • Current NJIT faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff; emeritus faculty,
  • Distance learning students.

What materials may be requested through DDS?

  • Articles and book chapters from the Van Houten Library print collection,
  • Articles and book chapters from the Littman Library print collection.

How many DDS requests are allowed?

  • Limit is 5 DDS requests per day per library patron. Limits are subject to change depending on demand.

How long will it take for DDS materials to arrive?

  • DDS materials are usually delivered within 24 to 48 hours.

How will DDS materials be delivered?

  • DDS materials will be delivered in PDF format to library patrons’ ILLiad accounts. Library patrons will receive an email notification when a DDS request is completed and accessible. Once delivered, DDS materials are stored for 30 days.

How do I place a DDS request?

  • Requests are placed through your ILLiad account.
  • Before submitting a DDS request, check Journals Finder and Online Catalog for availability. If the item shows “available” at Van Houten Library or Littman Library, proceed to submit a request through ILLiad.
  • After logging in to your ILLiad account, choose new request for an article or a book chapter to submit your DDS request. A separate request must be placed for each article or book chapter to be scanned.
  • First-time ILLiad requesters will be asked to create an account.

What are the limitations on what can be requested through DDS?

The library has established “fair use” copyright guidelines based on the copyright law of the United States and current practices in other academic libraries.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries 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.
NJIT library reserves the right to refuse to accept a document delivery request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright law in excess of “fair use”.
To operate within these established “fair use” guidelines and, at the same time, strive to provide access to scholarly research materials, copyright policies for document delivery requests are as follows:

NJIT library will not scan:

  • More than one book chapter from a book,
  • More than one article from a journal issue or newspaper,
  • Articles or book chapters longer than 50 pages  or more than 10% of the journal or book,
  • Materials on course reserve.

Library patrons who need more than one article from a print journal issue or one chapter from a book are encouraged to visit the Van Houten Library or Littman Library to access and use these materials in person.

NJIT Collections not available through DDS?

  • Materials from archives and special collections,
  • Materials from microforms collection,
  • Full-text materials available online (e-Journals, e-Books, etc.),
  • Theses and Dissertations, view for more information.

Who is not eligible for document delivery service?

  • Currently registered undergraduate students,
  • Alumni,
  • Courtesy patrons (including VALE patrons),
  • Enterprise Development Center (EDC) employees,
  • Guest visitors.


  • Email:
  • Phone: 973-596-3204
  • Location: Interlibrary Loan Office, Van Houten Library
  • Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm