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Requesting Books, Articles, & Media

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the process ISU Libraries use to obtain materials that we do not own. This means that even if we do not have a book or article that you need, we can probably get it for you from another library!

Most commonly, we fulfill requests for:

  • Books and book chapters
  • Articles (e.g.,  journal articles, magazine articles, news articles, etc.)
  • Theses/Dissertations

See the ILL FAQs for more information about what you can request. Sorry - requests for eBooks and textbooks cannot be fulfilled.

Requesting Materials using Your Interlibrary Loan Account

If you have identified something that you need but that ISU Libraries do not own, submit an ILL request directly through your Interlibrary Loan account.

  1. Starting from the library homepage, hover over "My Library Account" in the top menu and select "Interlibrary Loan Account." This will redirect you to your Interlibrary Loan account. Choose My Library Account and then Interlibrary Loan Account from the top menu on the library homepage
  2. Log-in using your 9-digit Bengal ID and last name. If this is your first time logging into your account you will need to complete the registration form
  3. In the ILL system, click "New Requests"
  4. Choose the type of material you would like to request from the dropdown menu
  5. Fill out as much of the form as possible
    • Note the required fields
    • Make sure to provide accurate information. The accuracy of your request may affect the turn around time!
  6. Click "Submit Request"

You will receive an email notification when your item is available

Requesting Materials using a Database

You may place Interlibrary Loan requests directly from many of the ISU Libraries' databases.

Look for the "Request this item through Interlibrary Loan" link

  1. While searching for materials, look for items marked with "Request through Interlibrary Loan"
  2. Click the link to start the request.
  3. Use your 9-digit Bengal ID number and last name to log into your Interlibrary Loan account
    1. If this is your first time using ILL you may be asked to register
    2. Once you complete the registration, go back to the database listing and click the request button again
  4. The information for your request should pre-populate the request form. Check the information to make sure that it is accurate and that all required information is filled in
  5. Click "Submit the Request"

You will receive an email notification when your item is available

Interlibrary Loan FAQs

These are some of the most asked questions about requesting materials from other libraries.

You may also want to review the full FAQs about Interlibrary Loan.

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