Interlibrary Loan


I Will Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for Things I Can't Get from the PSC Library.

As I search for sources, I am going to find some that are not available locally in print or online as full text. For those sources, I will need to use interlibrary loan.

Step 9: Using ILL to Get Sources from Other Libraries

What Is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

No library can own everything! WVU Libraries own almost 2.5 million books and 65,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers. Even so, WVU Libraries' patrons requested almost 30,000 items via ILL in 2012-2013.

Interlibrary loan is a service that allows patrons to use materials not owned by their home library. It may also be called document delivery or resource sharing.

How Does ILL Work?

Interlibrary loan is sharing between libraries. The patron requests something the home library doesn't own. The home library finds a group of possible lending libraries and requests the item. If a lending library can't supply the item, the request goes to the next library until one of the lenders sends the requested item to the home library. When the loan arrives in the home library, the ILL librarian notifies the patron it is ready for pick up.

Remember: It takes time for interlibrary loan. You have to give at least a week for copies of articles and two weeks for books. Start your research early so that you have enough time to get sources via interlibrary loan.

Interlibrary Loan at PSC Library

Ms. Bane is the ILL librarian. You can request items in several ways:
  • Catamount Catalog via Locate the item and use the ILL Request button (on campus) to request it. If the ILL Request button is not available, copy the title. author, and publication information and send it in an e-mail to Please use your Mix e-mail address (your It saves time.
  • Online ILL Request forms: Simply choose the appropriate form and fill it out.
  • E-mail:
  • Face-to-Face: Visit the Library and ask the staff to help you make an ILL request.
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