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What is InterLibrary Loan (ILL)?

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The Interlibrary Loan Department supports your research by borrowing materials which are not available in the CTW consortium libraries. Generally this service is limited to books, theses and dissertations, photocopies of articles, and microfilms. Most items can be obtained in less than two weeks. For information on how to place an ILL request, see Search and borrow from other libraries.

There is often confusion between CTW borrowing and ILL borrowing.  For a brief description of the difference, see CTW vs. ILL.

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How to check status of ILL requests, receive ILL items, and return ILL loans

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You can always check the status of your interlibrary loan request through your ILL account.  If you need to cancel your request before it arrives, contact the ILL office,

Physical items will be delivered to the Olin Library, Room 112 for you to pick up. Electronic items will be delivered to your ILL account, as a PDF, where you can download them.  In either case, you will be notified by email when your ILL item is available.

You can pick up your items in the ILL office 9-5 Monday through Friday.  During other times, see a Reference Librarian for assistance.

You should return your ILL materials directly to the ILL office.  Please DO NOT return them via campus mail, the library book drop, or to the Circulation Desk.

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How do I place an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request?

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For information on how to find items held by other libraries that you can request through InterLibrary Loan, see Search and Borrow from Other Libraries.

Once you have found a item you wish to borrow, you can usually use the "Request" or Find It button to request it.  Or you can log in to your ILL account and choose "New Request" and fill out the request form.

The more information you provide in your ILL request, the easier it will be for us to locate it. Each request should include:
  • date not needed after (date after which you no longer need the item...we will always get the item as fast as possible regardless of the date!)
  • title of book or journal
  • author of book or article
  • for articles: volume, date and pages
Indicating the source of your citation can also help us speed up the processing of your request, as can theitem’s ISBN/ISSN if you know it.
If you are have difficulty obtaining any of this information, please contact a Reference Librarian.
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How long does it take to get an item through InterLibrary Loan?

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It is impossible to know exactly how long it might take to get an item through InterLibrary Loan, so please plan ahead.  The length of time depends on where the items requested are located, the method of delivery, and if there are any other problems which may impede obtaining the material. Most items will arrive in less than 2 weeks; online articles usually arrive within a few days.

If your request is urgent, some items may possibly be expedited. However, Interlibrary Loan cannot guarantee any “Rush” request. Rush requests should be placed as usual with a note in the request saying “rush”.

For the best service, call the ILL office directly (860) 685-3876 to discuss your requests and find out how long they may take to arrive.

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What types of items can I request through InterLibrary Loan (ILL)?

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You may place ILL requests for:
  • books
  • journal or newspaper articles
  • dissertations
  • microfilm
Some materials such as entire journal volumes, reference materials, videos, CDs, and other audio-visual materials, rare, very old or valuable materials which have not been microfilmed, materials in demand at the lending library (including new titles), dissertations may be requested but they are often difficult to obtain through ILL. 

Books, CDs, and videos owned by CTW can be requested from the CTW consortium libraries (Connecticut College and Trinity College.)  Check the CTW Catalog to see if a book, CD, or video is owned by CTW, and if so please place the request from the CTW catalog (not from ILL.)  All articles should be requested through ILL.

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How do I login to InterLibrary Loan?

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Login to your InterLibrary Loan account

Login with your Wesleyan Single Sign On username and password. First time ILL users will be prompted to fill-out a form selecting their contact and delivery preferences.  Please contact the ILL office with questions: or (860) 685.3876.
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