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Using Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

***Note: Due to COVID-19 library closures, Interlibrary Loan is currently only able to deliver electronic PDFs of articles and book chapters. We will update this page when books are available again***


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that enables patrons affiliated with Loyola University and Notre Dame of Maryland University to request materials not owned by the Loyola/Notre Dame Library.

Contact the Interlibrary Loan department at 410-617-6804 or with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions about ILL

1. What types of materials can I request via Interlibrary Loan?

  • articles, book chapters, and books
  • Contact the Interlibrary Loan department at 410-617-6804 or if you need a special item, such as microfilm

2. How will the items I request be delivered to me?

  • Articles and book chapters are delivered as PDFs to your Interlibrary Loan account
  • Books are delivered to the library for pickup.
  • You will be notified via e-mail when items are available in your account or at the library

3. How long does it take for an item to be delivered?

  • 24 hours or less for articles and book chapters
  • 1-2 weeks for books

4. Does Interlibrary Loan cost money?

  • No!

6. How long can I borrow or renew an Interlibrary Loan item?

  • Loan periods and renewals vary according to the lending libraries.
  • Contact the Interlibrary Loan department at 410-617-6804 or with questions about lending periods.

7. How are Interlibrary Loan items different from USMAI items?

  • You can only request books from other USMAI libraries
  • You can borrow digital items, such as articles and book chapters, via Interlibrary Loan.

8. If the item I need is checked out from LNDL or other USMAI libraries, can I request it through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Yes!

9. Who should I contact with questions about my account or requests?

  • The Interlibrary Loan department at 410-617-6804 or

10. I take classes in or around the Loyola Timonium or Loyola Columbia campus. Can ILL items be delivered there?

  • Follow these steps to have items delivered to the Timonium or Columbia campus:
    • Log into your Interlibrary Loan account.
    • Select "Change User Information" from the "User Settings" menu on the left.
    • Choose LOY Columbia or LOY Timonium for the Delivery Location, located at the bottom of the "Change Personal Settings Form".
    • Select "Submit Information" to update your pickup location.

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