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Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, is the system through which libraries share their resources. Since no library has the room to retain all the books and articles ever written, ILL allows librarians to still provide their patrons with what they need. This guide will show you how to use ILL.

If you have questions about ILL, please contact Betsy Folkins at

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Graceland students, faculty, staff and patrons from the local community are eligible to borrow items through interlibrary loan.

Making Interlibrary Loan Requests

Most items--books, movies, articles, music--can be borrowed without a fee. If there is a charge, we will notify you ahead of time.

If you are experiencing difficulty making an interlibrary loan request, please contact Betsy Folkins.

Requesting Articles from Databases

EBSCOhost databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier, PsycINFO, Education Research Complete, CINAHL, SPORTdiscus), articles that are not available in full text format, or through the Graceland Libraries, can be ordered by clicking on the "Request this item through interlibrary loan" link. Other databases will require you to use the ILL article request form, or e-mail a full citation to Betsy Folkins.

Receiving Items

Most articles are received within 1-4 business days of the initial request (this does not include weekends); these will be e-mailed to your sting or e-mail account.

Physical items may take up to 2 weeks to arrive as they are shipped via US mail.

Loan Periods, Renewals, and Fines

The due date for your materials will be listed on the ticket you receive when you pick up your item. This date is  determined by the lending library. If you need to extend the checkout, please contact Betsy Folkins (e-mail or phone-- 641.784.5483) to request a renewal. Please notify us a few days before the due date.  Not all items may be renewed. 

ILL items are subject to overdue fines of .25 a day.  You will be charged a flat rate of $75 for any lost or damaged Interlibrary Loan item.

Please try to plan ahead and order your items early in the semester.