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How do I request an article or book the library does not own?

If the Rod Library does not own an item you need, you may request we borrow the item from another library. This is called an interlibrary loan. 

When you are in OneSearch (library catalog), sign in to your library account. 

Screenshot of the Onesearch (library catalog) homepage with the sign in option highlighted

Once you have signed into your account, search for the title you need. If the library does not own a copy, you will get a "check for Available Services" option. 

Screenshot of the entry for Principles of Academic Success in Onesearch, the library catalog, with check for available services highlighted which leads to Request from Illiad


Under "How to get it," you will see an option that says "Request from Illiad." Illiad is an acronym for Interlibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database. It is the system the library uses to request items from other libraries on your behalf. Select "Request from Illiad." If you have never requested an item using Illiad, you will be prompted to create an account. 

Just fill in the required fields with your information.  Click on “Submit Information”  Once you have filled in the required fields the correct form will populate with the item information.


If you have requested an item using ILLiad before, your information will automatically populate the proper fields for the item you are requesting.  


If this information is correct, click on “Submit Request”

If you need to submit a request from scratch (you didn’t find the book or article in a database) 

From the library homepage click on “Find, Borrow and Request” and click on Interlibrary Loan


In the middle of the page click on “Request items through Interlibrary Loan”




Choose the New Request for the type of item you are looking to borrow. 

Fill in the required information as thoroughly as possible.  

The average turnaround time for articles is 3 days and books 7 days.  You will be contacted via email when your items have been received.