Interlibrary Loan

ILL Request Form - Illiad

All students, faculty, staff, and emeritus faculty at Reed may use ILL. The most frequently requested materials are books and articles not available through Reed or Summit. Other kinds of materials that may be requested include dissertations, microfilms, and government publications. Reference books, videocassettes, whole issues of journals, and rare books are almost never lent through ILL.

How to Request Materials

To order materials through ILL you must fill out a separate request for each item you would like to borrow. Make sure to indicate specific volume numbers for titles with multiple items.

Fill out the request form in ILLiad with as much bibliographic information as you can provide. Many of the library's electronic databases, such as WorldCat and other periodical databases will auto-populate the form when you select the ILL request link.

Arrival of Materials and Notification

The average length of time to receive an item requested through ILL is 7-21 days, but often articles can arrive much sooner, while physical items may take longer based on the lending library's location.

When an electronic copy is received it will be delivered to your ILLiad account under "Electronically Received Articles". Physical materials may be picked up at the Circulation desk. You will be notified by email when ILL holds are available for pick up.

Loan Periods

Loan periods are set by the lending library. A slip informing you of the due date and any other restrictions placed by the lending library will be taped to a band around the front cover of the book. Many lending libraries will renew ILL books if the request is made before the item is due. If you need to renew an item, login to ILLiad, find the checked out item, and select the "Renew" button.

Please return ILL books on time. Lending libraries may refuse to lend to a library that is consistently late in returning books. Replacement costs are set by the lending library, which also determines when a book will be billed as lost. If a book is returned after you have paid a replacement fee we will refund the fee if the lending library refunds the fee to us.


There are no fees for interlibrary loan service (except for overdue or lost book charges).