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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.

Please note that you cannot request your course's textbook through Interlibrary Loan.

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


How to ILL Books and Articles

These quick guides will show you how to request books and articles through Interlibrary Loan. 

Please note that you cannot request your course's textbook through Interlibrary Loan.


Personalizing Google Scholar


Interlibrary Loan- An Introduction



WorldCat allows you to search the library holdings of thousands of other libraries. You can then request the items you find through Interlibrary Loan. 

WorldCat FirstSearch

Using Google Scholar

While WorldCat will likely cover all of your book request needs, sometimes our databases are limited because they only index certain journals. If you believe that our databases are missing something that you need, or if you just want to search in one central location, try Google Scholar. You can start your search below, and follow the video to personalize Google Scholar so that it will still show you the articles that Graceland does have access to. And if you want to request an article through Google Scholar, please send a link to the article to Betsy Folkins at


More Information

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

Making Interlibrary Loan Requests

Books, periodical articles and some microform items can usually be borrowed without charge. If the lending library indicates a charge you will be notified before the order is completed.

Please note that you cannot request your course textbooks through Interlibrary Loan.

Please send interlibrary loan requests via email to Betsy Folkins.

Making Interlibrary Loan Requests from Databases

Databases which are provided through OCLC's FirstSearch service (WorldCat, ArticleFirst) allow you to make interlibrary loan requests directly from within the databases. When you pull up a record you will see a button marked "ILL". Clicking on this button brings up a form asking for your contact information. Click on "Send" to generate a request. In EBSCOhost databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier, MasterFile, PsycINFO, ERIC, CINAHL), 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.

Receiving Items

Loan requests can take from a few days to over a week to arrive, depending on availability, the speed at which the lending library responds and how the item is shipped. In some cases articles can be faxed to us or sent via the Internet and can arrive within one or two days. We email articles as a PDF file.

Loan Periods, Renewals and Fines

The loan period for books and other items is determined by the lending library. Renewals are granted at the discretion of the lending library. If a renewal is desired, the interlibrary loan staff must be notified a few days in advance so they can submit the request to the lending library. It is important to return items promptly; overdues can jeopardize Graceland library's ability to borrow from other libraries. There is a 25 cent per day fine on overdue interlibrary loan books.


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