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Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery Services: Loansome Doc

Interlibrary Loan supports the instructional, research, and scholarly activities of current Idaho State University faculty, staff, and students by providing access to materials not owned by the ISU Libraries.

What is Loansome Doc?

Loansome Doc is a  popular service that allows PubMed users to request articles from participating libraries. Loansome Doc is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

Services for ISU faculty, students and staff are provided by the Eli M. Oobler Library Interlibrary Loan department. The Idaho Health Science Library serves ISU health care professionals (physicians, family practice and dental residents). 

Registration is required.

If you need assistance registering or using Loansome Doc, please contact the ISU Library Reference Desk, the Idaho Health Sciences Library, ISU Library - Idaho Falls, or ISU Library - Meridian.

For a detailed explanation of the service see Fact Sheet Loansome Doc.


  • Check the Library Catalog and Journals by Title before submitting requests.
  • Items will be sent to your regular (e.g. email account.
    • You may forward this account to your preferred email address. 
  • Items marked "Filled" have been sent to the ISU Library. You should receive it within the next day or two. If you have not received it within a week of the "Shipped" date, please contact the ILL office.

Submitting Requests

  • Go to PubMed:
  • Perform a search. You can request any articles that do not have the (FIND IT @ ISU) button.
  • Click the Send to  (upper right menu bar) link from the article abstract (or from the Clipboard if you have multiple articles to order at once).
    • Select the radio button next to Order.
  • Sign in with your Loansome Doc login (email/password).
  • Double check your article. If the "In Holdings" or "Online Access" columns indicate Yes, your article is available via the ISU Library collections and you don't need to order it. Go back and look for the Find It @ ISU button or search the Online Library Catalog or the Journals by Title list.
    • Distance Users - If the item is available in the print collection but NOT online, you may place an order via Loansome Doc.
  • If the columns indicate No, continue placing your request by clicking on Proceed to Delivery Options.
  • On the Place Order > Delivery Options page:
    • Verify delivery method (email) and delivery address (your email) are correct.
      • Reminder - all items will be delivered to ILLiad Interlibrary Loan account.
    • Check the Copyright Compliance box.
    • Click Continue.
  • Place Order > Confirm Order
    • Verify that everything is correct.
    • Click Send Order.

Delivery time depends on the lending library. Most items arrive within a few days. If you have not received your item within 2 weeks, please contact the ILL office. (Some hard-to-get items may take longer than two weeks.)

Registering for a Loansome Doc Account

  • Go to
  • Click the Sign up! link.
  • Step 1: Registering for a Loansome Doc Account
    • Click the skip this step link (You will skip Step 2: Find a Library to Serve You.)
  • Step 3: Enter Library Identifier (LIBID)
    • Enter IDUISL in the LIBID box .
    • Click Continue.
  • Step 4:Contact Library
    • The 'Contact Library' should list Idaho State University, Eli M. Oboler Library Interlibrary Loan.
    • Enter your ISU ID Number in the box provided.
    • Select the radio button: I am affilliated with this institution (e.g. Staff, Student).
    • Click Continue.
  • Step 5: Terms of Use
    • Read through the Terms of Use.
    • If you agree, select box I have read and understood the Loansome Doc Polices and procedures of my ordering library.
    • Click Accept.
  • Step 6: My Info
    • Complete information. Fields with an asterisk (*) are required.
      • Email - You may use any email address you wish. However, at this time, all articles will be delivered to your regular email account (e.g. You may forward this account to your preferred email.
      • Password - Remember your password. We do not have access to this information.
    • Click Continue.
  • Step 7: Verify Information.
    • Verify that your information is correct.
    • Click Complete Registration.

Your Loansome Doc account is now active, and you can now order materials. You should receive a confirmation email from the ISU Library Interlibrary Loan office within a few days of registering.  This email will contain a document containing "tips" for the successful use of the Loansome Doc system.

Checking Your Order Status

Sign in to your ILLiad Interlibrary Loan account to check the status of your requests.

Registering/Setting-up ILLiad Accounts

1) Click ILLiad Account/Request form (from our Home page) or "Request this item through interlibrary loan" (from our databases).

  • If you do not already have an ILLiad Interlibrary Loan account, you will automatically be directed to the registration page.
  • Existing users will automatically be directed to your account's main page or the appropriate request form.

2) Complete the form. Fields with red asterisks (*) are required.

  • Email Address:  You must use your regular email address. Departmental addresses (e.g. are not accepted. You can forward your email address to a preferred account. 
  • Status: Select your university status. Select "Distance" if you live outside a 25 mile radius of the Pocatello Campus. 
  • Department: Select the department that best describes your major.
  • Delivery Location: This selection determines where you will get the requested loan materials. Books from other libraries can only be picked up at one of the ISU sites (Pocatello, IF, or Meridian). Interlibrary Loan items cannot be mailed directly to you.
  • ISU ID#: Your six-digit ISU ID (Bengal) ID number  will become your username for ILLiad. If you do not know your ISU ID number:
    • Sign in to your Bengal Web account and select "Academic Tools" or "Employee" tab.
      • If your ID number contains nine digits, ignore the three leading zeros and use the last six digits.
    • Call the HelpDesk at (208) 282-4357.

3) Click Submit Information.

You are now registered for ILLiad interlibrary Loan and can place requests.

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Copyright Notice

The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.Under certain conditions specified in the Law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that order would involve violation of the law.

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