Q. What is Interlibrary Loan / ILL?


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is pretty much what sounds like.  It is a system that provides library users with access materials from libraries that are not associated with each other.

How it Works:

You want an item, but alas, it is nowhere to be found at BGSU or in OhioLink.  Luckily, several other libraries in nearby states have it!  But how do you get it?  Here's how: you submit an online request for the item to your library's Interlibrary Loan office.  Your request will then be sent to a library that owns and is willing to lend the item.  They will then pull the item off of the shelves and mail it to your library.  Once it arrives, you will be able borrow the item much as you would with your own library's materials.  However, all libraries have different lending policies, so check with your local ILL office for more information or if you have trouble.

Bonus Tip:

Don't know how to go about finding books that aren't in the BGSU catalog or OhioLink catalog?  Try WorldCat.org

  • Last Updated Jul 26, 2016
  • Views 25
  • Answered By BGSU Music-Library

FAQ Actions

Was this helpful? 0   0