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Interlibrary Loan

Can't find what you need in WU Libraries? Interlibrary Loan (ILL) might be able to borrow it for you!

What is ILLiad?

ILLiad allows you to submit ILL requests, track their status, check due dates, renew items, etc. You can submit requests in two ways:

  1. Logon to ILLiad with your WUSTL key and click on the appropriate request form. Enter information for the needed item and submit!
  2. Search the library's databases and click on Get It button to see options for obtaining the item. If it is not available through WU Libraries or MOBIUS, select ILL to submit a request. The citation will be imported into ILLiad once you log on with your WUSTL key.

How long does an ILL request take to arrive?

Most articles will be posted as PDFs in your ILLiad account within 24-48 hours. Books and other materials are available for pickup usually within 1-2 weeks at John M. Olin Library, Gaylord Music Library, Pfeiffer Physics Library, or the Kranzberg Art and Architecture Library. Faculty and staff at West Campus are eligible to have ILL materials delivered to their campus box by choosing West Campus Box Delivery as the pickup location. You will be notified by e-mail when the material arrives.

How long can I keep ILL materials?

Interlibrary Loans are intended for short-term use. On average lending libraries allow a 3-4 week loan period. One renewal of an additional 2-3 weeks is often granted unless the owning library needs their item back. If you do not return books promptly, you will be billed and your borrowing privileges will be blocked. As a shared arrangement, the success of Interlibrary Loan depends on the cooperation of all participants.

How do I renew an ILL request?

Log on to ILLiad. Click on Checked Out Items in the left-hand menu. Select the request you want to renew.  Click Renew at the top of the screen. If the renew option is missing then renewals may not allowed by the lending library. Contact the ILL staff for further assistance.

Is there a limit for ILL requests?

There currently is not a limit to how many items you may request via interlibrary loan. Please keep in mind that Washington University pays fees for the materials we borrow. Since we do not pass these charges on to our customers, we ask that you exercise judgment and discretion with regard to the number of items requested.

 

Please note that the The Law Library and Becker Medical Library process Interlibrary Loan materials separately from Olin Library.