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Library Services--Interlibrary Loan: All you ever wanted to know about ILL

How to use interlibrary loan through Story Library to access books and other media held at different libraries.

ILL Tips

  • When you use ILL, you widen your resource possibilities!
  • So, you've found a journal article you want, but our databases don't have it in full-text.
  • OR, you've found a book you want, but Story Library doesn't have it.
  • What are you going to do?
  • You are going to request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

How to Request an ILL

  1. Do you know what you need to request? 
  2. To fill out an Interlibrary Loan request, you will need
    • the title of journal article, book, or or other media item (DVD/CD),
    • the name of the author of said item,
    • as much publication information as possible, and
    • ISBN number of item, if available.
  3. Do you have the time to wait for the item to arrive through the ILL system? 
    • ILL requests can take up to 2 weeks to arrive once they have been filled.
    • BUT, some journal articles can be emailed to you, so please provide your email address! 
  4. Fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.  
  5. Requests are usually processed within 24 hours. 
  6. Once your item has been received at Story Library, you will be contacted.
  7. A typical loan period for an ILL item is 30 days.  It is possible to request renewals for ILL items.
  8. When you are finished with your ILL item, please return it to Story Library so that we can return it to its home library.

How does Interlibrary Loan (ILL) work?

How does Interlibrary Loan (ILL) work?   (The following is a very brief explanation of the ILL process for you.)

We request the item for you through a very large network of U.S.-based libraries--public and academic. 

When we send out the request via this system, we find up to five libraries whose records reflect that they might have the item you are requesting in their collections. 

Each library, in the order in which we select them, will check its collection to determine if the item is there, and respond. 

If a library has the item and will send it to us, then the request is processed; and the item is shipped to us for you. 

In turn, we do the same for libraries across the U.S. who find items in our collection that they wish to borrow for their patrons.

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