Brief Explanation of the Interlibrary-Loan Process

Do you have a big ‘ole research project due this semester? Already doing major research and found an article that will be useful to you, but we don’t have access to it? You’re in luck! Avila University’s Hooley-Bundschu Library participates in the OCLC community, and therefore can request books and articles from lending libraries across the nation.

If you wish to “request” a book or article which you’ve found, you’ll need to go here and perform a search for your book or article to ensure that at least one lending library in the U.S. has a copy available. Next, you will need to go here and fill out the request form. As you fill it out, be sure you have included your e-mail address, as this is how we will contact once the materials have arrived and how articles will be delivered (you will receive a PDF or similar document type).

If you have been searching in an Ebsco database and located a document which is not available in full text through any of our databases, click the link that looks like this:

Request this item through Interlibrary loan

Once there, fill out all relevant information and in the “Cost Not To Exceed” section, mark it as $0.00. Once again, it is essential that you provide your e-mail address, as this is how the majority of articles will be delivered. Your library card # is your student ID#. Once all information has been filled in, click submit and a generated request will be sent.

ILL is a great option for students working on large research projects, particularly those looking for obscure materials. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your request will be accepted, nor can we give you a specific time frame for delivery. ILL (Interlibrary Loan) articles could be delivered next day or over a week later; ILL books usually arrive within about a week, but could take longer depending on the location and speed of the lending library.

If you need help requesting materials, or with any step of the process, please feel free to ask any of your friendly neighborhood librarians. Also, you are welcome to ask me any questions in the blog comments or through our Facebook and Twitter (@HooleyBundschu) accounts.

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