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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan Policies and FAQ's

Q:  What is interlibrary loan?

  • Interlibrary Loan supplies library materials not available at Commonwealth University Libraries.
  • Use E-ZBorrow to request books.
  • ILLiad to request materials from other libraries.

Q:  Who can borrow books through interlibrary loan?

  • Registered students, faculty, staff, and emeriti of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield.
  • Distance Education Students

Q:  How do I borrow books through interlibrary loan?

If you need... Please use:
A book or DVD from a different Commonwealth U campus               Library Catalog               
A book EZBorrow or ILLiad
An article, book chapter, or conference paper ILLiad
Thesis/Dissertation ILLiad
Microfilm or Microfiche ILLiad
DVD or CD ILLiad

Q: Is there a charge for interlibrary loan? 

  • Most of the time, we are able to obtain materials at no cost to you. If a charge is involved, we will contact you before placing the order. 

Q: How long does it take? 

  • Articles generally arrive within 24-48 hours. Books can arrive in 3 to 5 days, but occasionally may take a week or longer. You will be notified via email when your article or book is available.

Q: Where's the article I ordered? 

  • Articles are delivered to your ILLiad account. When you receive an email notification that your article is available, login to your ILLiad account and look for your " Electronically Received Articles" to find it. It remains active for 60 days. Please note: due to copyright guidelines and the cost of copyright royalties, we cannot obtain duplicate articles for users during a calendar year. Please be sure to SAVE or PRINT your articles for future reference. 

Q: When is my book due? 

  • Due dates are on the strap wrapped around your book. 

Q: How can I renew a book? 

  • Renew books by logging in to your ILLiad account.
    • Navigate to your "Checked out items" link and click on the link for the title you wish to renew
    • Click on "renew" located near the top of the screen.
    • Interlibrary loan staff will contact you when your renewal is approved or denied. 
    • Some materials are marked "no renewal" when you receive them. These may not be renewed. 
  • EZBorrow books are NOT renewable. 

Q: Where do I return my book? 

  • Please return your book to the circulation desk of your local library. If you are a distance education student, you were shipped a return UPS label to use when you received your book. If you have lost your label, please contact your local campus interlibrary loan staff. 

Q: What if I have more questions about interlibrary loan services?