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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)


As a ULV student, you have access to books and articles from other libraries. Here are a few facts:

  • Requests are FREE! Never pay for an article or book request.
  • You can request both books and articles. NOTE: We cannot request e-books, only print books. Articles can be electronic as well as print.
  • You can request one of 2 ways:
    • Create a new request.
    • Use the "Check for Full-text" option in databases and select "Request" when prompted.
  • How long do requests take?
    • Books: Up to 2 weeks. Delivery time will depend on the location of the library that accepts our request.
    • Articles: Usually within 24 hours. Keep in mind articles may be delayed if it is a holiday week or weekend. If you do not receive your article within 3 days, please contact us a
    • NOTE: Keep in mind that not all books and articles are available through interlibrary loan. Please contact us if you have any questions.



  • Click on the orange Create Request button

  • Select the type of request you want

  • Article: Enter as much information as possible while making sure you fill out the starred fields. Add article title, journal name, volume, issue, year published, and author name.
  • Book: Enter the book title, publisher, and year published (only print books can be requested).
    • If you have the ISBN (barcode on the back of a book) add that as well to get the exact book you need.
    • Make sure you note the edition if there are multiple editions.
    • Select how you want to receive the book:
      1. Pick up at the library: book will be mailed to the library. You will get an email to pick it up. You do not need to add an address.
      2. Mail to your home: book will be sent to the library first and then we send it to your home. Make sure you add your address if this is your option.
  • Other: use this option to request pages and chapters of a book only. Make sure to still enter the book information.
  • At the end of each request, you will enter the patron ID (student ID) and then submit.

  • Once you submit, scroll back up and select the "View Requests" link to see a list of your requests.

  • You will be notified via email when your book or article is ready
    • Book Pick-up: You will receive an email letting you know the book is ready for you at the library.
    • Books mailed: The book you receive will include a postage paid return label. You can mail it back or drop it off at the library.
    • Articles: You will receive an email letting you know your article is ready. Log back in to your ILL account and download the article.