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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) supplements the instructional, research, and scholarly activities of Wabash faculty, staff and students by obtaining material not owned by Lilly Library from other libraries worldwide.

What is ILLiad?

ILLiad is the name of Lilly Library's interlibrary loan service.  Once you have created an ILLiad account, you can:

  • Place requests for items from other librarires
  • Track the status of your requests
  • Renew checked out items
  • View filled article requests
  • Access request history. 

Who may use the service?

Current Wabash College faculty, students and staff may use this service. Wabash College alumni may also use this service if they are able to pick up and return material to the Lilly Library. Interlibrary loan material is always subject to recall by the lending library. If recalled, material must be returned within 24 hours, so it is not recommended that anyone who does not come to campus daily or live nearby avail himself/herself of this service.

How do I place a request?

Interlibrary loan requests are placed online through the ILLiad system, accessible from the Lilly Library homepage. If you have not used the service before, you must first register. After that you can logon to ILLiad using your username and password. Use the catalog to find items in other libraries to request through ILLiad. You may also use one of the generic forms available under the "New Request" menu once logged in to ILLiad to request the material you need.

How long does it take to get material and how long may I keep it?

Journal Articles / Book Chapters

  • Generally arrives electronically within 2 to 4 days
  • You will receive an email upon receipt.
  • Article/Chapter will remain available from within your ILLiad account for 30 days.

Books / Videos / Music CDs / Theses / Government Documents:

  • Generally arrives within 4 days (if available in Indiana) to 2 weeks
  • You will receive an email when your material is ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk.
  • Materials will  be held for a period of 2 weeks.  If not picked up during that time, it will be returned to the lending library.
  • Most material can be kept for 3 to 4 weeks with the possibility of one renewal.
  • Materials are returned to the labeled crate on the Circulation Desk.

PLEASE NOTE:  Materials must be returned in a timely manner, otherwise we jeapordize our relationship with lending libraries.  Chronic lateness and ignoring repeated requests to return materials may hinder your ability to request materials in the future.

What cannot be borrowed?

Reference books, rare or historical items, entire issues of journals, current "bestsellers", and genealogical materials are generally not available for ILL borrowing.

Textbooks that appear on the Wabash College Bookstore course list cannot be requested through interlibrary loan.  Interlibrary loan service is intended to supplement the library collection by providing material needed for course-related research.  Unfortunately, it cannot be used as a substitute  for purchasing required course materials.

Due to short loan lengths for interlibrary loan, do not request materials you will need for an entire semester.

Copyright Law Compliance Warning

All interlibrary loan requests are subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Other Considerations

  • Please order only what you can/will use. Though “free” to you, there is a cost to the Library for borrowed materials.
  • Material (with the exception of photocopies) obtained through interlibrary loan may not be placed on reserve.
  • Users are responsible for any overdue fines, damage to material or loss of material.
  • Payment by the Library for interlibrary loan borrowing is limited to requests by faculty, staff and students for material to be used in coursework, instruction or research. Requests that do not meet this criteria will be processed only if the material may be borrowed free of charge. Requests by alumni and family members of faculty/staff will be processed only if the material may be borrowed free of charge.


Contact:  Laura Vogler, Fulfillment Services Manager
Location:  Central Office of the Library
Phone:  765-361-6215


The Lilly Library is a founding member of PALNI, ALI, and The Oberlin Group


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