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Guide for Using the UIUC Library Interlibrary Loan Service

General Information

The UIUC Main library has also created a general information page about Interlibrary Loan.

Interlibrary Loan services are free of charge.  Click here to login to place a request.

Article photocopies are usually received within 5-10 days of request. If you need the item immediately, please contact us directly at library@inhs.uiuc.edu or 333-6892.
Most articles are delivered electronically (when available).
Articles not available for electronic delivery are sent to your campus address.

Book loan requests take an average of 2-3 weeks to fill.
You must pick up items at the Main Library, and you will need your I-Card.
Loan periods vary by lending institution, and may be as short as 2 weeks.
In general, renewals are not possible.

More information is available from the Interlibrary Loan Office, see Interlibrary Loan FAQs or call their phone support at (217) 333-0832. Also, feel free to contact us with your questions (library@inhs.uiuc.edu, (217) 333-6892).

Establishing Your Account

To use the Interlibrary Loan service, you must have a NetID and password. Refer to the NetID page for instructions on establishing a NetID, or changing/resetting your password. If you've forgotten your NetID password, follow the instructions at the bottom of the CITES NetID password change page.

The Interlibrary Loan office uses contact information from campus databases for email notification and to deliver photocopies. To ensure successful notification and delivery, keep your contact information in NESSIE current.

Request Books

Use the book request procedure to request the loan of an entire work, such as:

  • books
  • dissertations and theses
  • entire conference proceedings
  • microfilm reels and microfiche
  1. Confirm that the item is not available at UIUC. If available from UIUC, you can request the item or go to the holding library and retrieve it.
  2. Confirm that item is not available at another I-Share library.
    If available in another I-Share library, request the item.
    See " Finding books not available at UIUC" for instructions on finding and requesting from I-Share.
  3. If the item is not available at UIUC or another I-Share library,
    continue to Interlibrary Loan.
  4. Click on "Login to my ILLiad account".
  5. Log in with your NetID and password.
  6. Under "Request Types," click "Request a Book."
  7. Complete form and click "Submit Request" at the bottom of the page.
  8. An email notification will be sent to you with pick-up instructions.
  9. To check status of requests, click
    "View/Cancel Outstanding Requests" from the main menu.
  10. To view all Interlibrary Loan items checked out to you, click
    "View Checked Out Items" from the main menu.
  11. Always log out of Interlibrary Loan when done to prevent others from accessing your account. Either close the browser or click "Exit ILLiad" in the upper right corner.

    Log in now to place request.

Request Article Photocopies

Use this procedure to request photocopies of an part of a larger work, such as

  • an article within a journal
  • a paper within a conference proceeding
  • a chapter within an anthology
  • a patent, including a foreign patent
  1. Confirm that the item is not available online, using the " Find Online Journals & Databases" (SFX A-Z List)
  2. Confirm that the item is not available in print using the UIUC catalog.
  3. If the item is not available online or in print, continue to Interlibrary Loan.
  4. Click on "Login to my ILLiad account".
  5. Log in with your NetId and password.
  6. Under "Request Types," click "Request a Photocopy."
  7. Complete the form, taking care to fill in all the required fields, and click "Submit Request" at the bottom of the page.
  8. The Interlibrary Loan office will send an email notification with electronic pick-up instructions.
    If an electronic copy is unavailable, a photocopy will be mailed to the campus address listed on your account in either NESSIE (faculty/staff) or U of I Direct (students).
  9. To check status of requests, click
    "View/Cancel Outstanding Requests" from the main menu.
  10. If an article is sent to you electronically, go to Interlibrary Loan, Main Menu and click "View/Download Electronically Received Articles."
    Electronic documents are deleted from your account 30 days after your email notification, so print out, read, or download items in a timely manner.
  11. Always log out of Interlibrary Loan when done to prevent others from accessing your account. Either close the browser or click "Exit ILLiad" in the upper right corner.

    Log in now to place request