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Interlibrary Loans

Requesting a loan

If material essential to your research is not owned by the WSU Libraries, you may request that the library obtain the information for you from another library through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

  • First, register for an ILLiad Online Interlibrary Loan account at the ILLiad login page. If you are not on the WSU Pullman campus, be sure to follow the correct link on the login page to get to the correct login page for your campus/status.
  • Login and submit your requests using your ILLiad account. Use ILLiad to track your requests. Articles will be delivered to you electronically.

When filling out ILLiad request forms, provide as much information as possible. The more information you provide in the form, the easier and faster it is to find the item you’re requesting.

Book loans

When you borrow an item through ILL, the lending library will determine the how long you can borrow it, indicate whether or not you may renew it, and/or require restrictions on the use of the material. For example, when lending a rare or valuable book, a library may specify that it must be used only in the borrowing library’s building.

Article photocopies

If you request articles through ILL, most lending libraries will not send a print journal, magazine, or other periodical. However, most will provide photocopies of the articles, instead of a loan, which then become the property of the requesting individual. The WSU Libraries reserve the right to determine if a loan or a photocopy should be requested.

Global Campus (Online) students

Some resources you find in Search It will require an interlibrary loan. When you click on a link that takes you to an ILL login page, log in to request books or media items that are not available locally or from Summit libraries. You can also login to directly to ILLiad to request articles or for copies of non-circulating reference material. Digital copies of articles will be posted to the Web for your retrieval. Loaned items like books will be delivered to your mailing address.

Research/Extension office personnel: Loaned items like books will be delivered to your research/extension office.
WSU Pullman campus affiliates – away from campus: Loaned items like books will be delivered to your mailing address.

If you have any questions or problems using the request forms, please contact us at, 509.335.9672 (voice), or 509.335.0934 (fax).

ILL request status

Inquiries about the status of a request may be made by:

  • logging in to Illiad and select View/Modify Outstanding Requests
  • contacting the Holland/Terrell Libraries’ Access Services Office at 509.335.9672
  • visiting the campus library where the request was submitted

When your ILL materials arrive, you are notified by email. For on-campus borrowers, your materials will be held at the access services desk of the library you designated as the “Pickup Location” when you registered with ILLiad.

Pickup locations – Pullman

Materials requested through ILL may be picked up at the Circulation Desk in any of the following libraries:

Note: Materials will be delivered directly to WSU personnel stationed at WSU Research Stations and WSU Extension offices.

Returns and Renewals

Materials borrowed through ILL may be returned to the Access Services desk in Holland/Terrell Libraries or at any other WSU campus library. Requests for renewals can be made either by logging in to your Illiad account, or by calling the Holland/Terrell Access Services desk at 509.335.9672, three to four days prior to the due date for the material.

Requests that will not be filled through ILL

Textbooks or books for reserve. ILL is not a substitute for the purchase of textbooks or reserve materials. Most ILL materials are loaned for two to four weeks and some cannot be renewed.

Sheet music. No more than 10% of a musical work can be photocopied under copyright law. Music to be used in public performances should not be requested on interlibrary loan except under unusual circumstances.

Borrowing standard for Lending Libraries

The WSU Libraries subscribe to the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States of the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), as well as other regional agreements.

For libraries interested in borrowing materials from WSU Libraries, please see Interlibrary Loan – Lending Services.

WSU Libraries, PO Box 645610, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-5610, 509-335-9671
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