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What is Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)? 

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Have you ever discovered a book or article that would be perfect for your research topic, only to learn that Holy Cross doesn't own it? That's where InterLibrary Loan comes in. 

InterLibrary Loan or ILL is a service that allows you to request books and articles owned by other libraries all over the US -- and in some cases, around the world! Once you've placed a request, another library will send the book or article to Holy Cross for your use. 

Some things to keep in mind: 

  • Depending on where a book or article is traveling from and how long it takes the other library to respond, it can take up to 1-2 weeks (though usually less) to arrive. Make sure to plan ahead!

  • ILL books often have shorter checkout periods than books you borrow from HC Libraries. When your book arrives, it will come with a sticker indicating the due date.

To find books or journals outside of HC Libraries -- and to request them -- you can use the    database, which combines library catalogs from all over the world. In many cases, you can also use the button in the article databases and then choose Interlibrary Loan to submit a request for an article or book chapter. 


PLEASE NOTE: If you are having trouble submitting an ILL request, try switching browsers or clearing your browser history and then refreshing. The ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system will not fully log you out, even if you click to log out of your account, unless the browser is refreshed.