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Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan

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Grabske Library


F.M. Smith Library

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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.


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

How long does it take?

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 is determined by the lending library. If you need to extend the checkout, please contact the library to request a renewal. Not all items may be renewed. 

If you have questions about ILL, please contact the library here!


Already know exactly what you want to ILL?

Do you already know the book or article that you want? Follow the correct link below to request it!

Request an article here!

Request a book chapter here!

Request a book here!

Request through StingSearch

Have you found an item in your StingSearch that you would like to ILL? Click to request!

From the search results list....

...or from the item record.

Didn't find anything in StingSearch?

Haven't been able to find what you want in StingSearch? Try WorldCat! Once you've found what you are looking for, click the title and select "Request Item" below the book or article information.

1. Search for an item or topic.

2. When you find what you want, click on the title.

3. Click on "Request item through Interlibrary Loan."

4. Enter your information, and click submit.