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Last Updated: Mar 5, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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What is Interlibrary Loan?

If you need a book, movie, CD, article, or other item that we do not have available through our own library, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a great option. 

As the name implies, Interlibrary Loan involves borrowing materials from other libraries to lend to you. Sometimes this means that the loan period is shorter than our items, but usually ILL items can be renewed. 

We do not fill requests for textbooks over ILL.

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


Search Using WorldCat

Using the search box below you may find items in libraries throughout the world. Once you have found the item you want, you may request it. If all goes accordingly, you should have your requested item within two weeks of placing the order.

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More Information

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


Most Interlibrary Loan items are available at no cost. However, some items are trickier to get our hands on, and may require an additional fee to borrow. If this is the case, we will contact you about the price before the order is completed.

Requesting Articles from Databases

Many of our databases allow you to request articles using Interlibrary Loan. In any EBSCO database (Academic Search Premier, SPORTdiscus, CINAHL, ERIC, PsychInfo, SocIndex, etc) click the link that says "Request Item Through Interlibrary Loan" and fill out the areas with Red Asterisks next to them.

If you are unable to find a way to request an article using EBSCO or have found something via Google Scholar, Lexis Nexis, or another resource you've stumbled upon, use the article request form on this page.

ILL Borrowing Policy

Interlibrary Loan books have varying checkout periods depending on what the lending library decides. Most materials may be eligible for renewal, however, not all. If you need to renew an interlibrary loan item, please contact Betsy Folkins. ILL books will also be fined.
If you have damaged or lost an ILL item, you will be responsible for the cost of the item.


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