Lesson 5

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service provided by the James White Library for Andrews University faculty, staff and currently enrolled students to help them access materials not owned by the Library in print or electronic format. This service is provided free of charge. All requests must be for material needed for research or academic use. Personal or general reading requests should be directed to an individual's local public library. For more information, please see the complete Interlibrary Loan policies for on-campus students, faculty and staff, and off-campus students.

As much as possible, ILL requests should be made electronically using the OCLC FirstSearch databases. For books, use WorldCat. Other OCLC FirstSearch databases are generally used for journal articles. If you are looking for a specific journal, use Periodical Titles in OCLC FirstSearch to locate the correct database. If an item cannot be located in an OCLC FirstSearch database, on-campus students can obtain help at the Information Desk and off-campus students should use the interlibrary request form on the Off-campus Services Web page.

To make an ILL request electronically, click Picture of Interlibrary Loan button. on the record or document screen.

Fill out the electronic form. Include your name, address, telephone number, email address (articles will be emailed to you), Andrews University ID number, department name and status. Do not enter anything in the cost and date needed boxes. If you do need the item in less than three weeks, indicate the urgency with a short note in the comments box. When the form is complete, click Submit at the bottom of the form.

Picture of ILL form.

Please allow two to three weeks for processing. You will need to pick up books and microforms at the Circulation Desk in the Library. Articles will arrive electronically via our Ariel document delivery system. These may be forwarded to your email address. See Opening Ariel Documents for information on accessing these items.

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