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Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad): Home

Borrowing items or obtaning copies from outside of the UT Libraries or OhioLINK.

What is Interlibrary Loan? What is ILLiad?

The libraries offer Interlibrary Loan services to UT's students, faculty and staff to obtain books, articles, and other material not available through the Library's on-campus or electronic collections.  If given the citation, we will find a library willing to lend the item to us or to scan and send us a copy.

ILLiad is the system you will use to place your requests and to receive electronic scans of articles.  To use ILLiad, you will need to set up a free account.

What can be borrowed through interlibrary loan?

Any item that we do not have access to in the UT Libraries can be requested through ILLiad.

For books, book chapters, dissertations, or conference proceedings volumes, you should first check the OhioLINK Catalog to request the item using OhioLINK Borrowing, as this will generally be faster than ILLiad interlibrary loans.  We use a courier service that gets most books to us within 3-5 days.

For articles, be sure to first check our Online Journals Listing and library catalog to see if we already have access.  For more information about obtaining articles, see our Finding Articles libguide.

Who can use ILLiad interlibary loan services?

Students who are currently enrolled at UT and faculty and staff members who are currently employed at UT are eligible to request items from other libraries.

How much does it cost to request items from another library?

Interlibrary loan services are free for UT faculty, staff, and students.  (If it the lending library charges a fee, the University Libraries covers the cost.)

Patrons are responsible for overdue fines of $0.50 per day and for any charges for lost or damaged items.

How long does it take to get items from other libraries?

While most items that can be delivered electronically will arrive in a few days, items that must be mailed or are rare or hard to find can take significantly longer.  How long it takes to get an item from another library depends on a number of factors:  the accuracy of the requested citation, the location of the lending library, whether the item can be transmitted electronically or not, etc.  To be on the safe side, request materials at least two weeks before you need them.  

The Libraries will do everything possible to obtain requested material as soon as possible; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to obtain the material you need.

How long can I keep borrowed items?

For items that need to be returned (like books), there is a three-week checkout period. Return the borrowed materials to the Circulation Desk. Materials requested through ILLiad cannot be renewed.

Patrons are responsible for overdue fines of $0.50 per day and for any charges for lost or damaged items.

Patrons who accumulate fines in excess of $10.00 will have their library privileges blocked and will be unable to borrow materials, access electronic resources, or use OhioLINK or InterLibrary Loan services.

How do I submit a rush request for patient care?

If you have a rush request for patient care, please contact the Mulford Health Science Library circulation desk directly (419.383.4225 or fax 419.383.6146) when the Library is open.  We will attempt to obtain the article for you as soon as possible; however, please realize that in the evenings and weekends, we also must rely on the library we are requesting the item from to be open and able to fulfill our request.

I need to get a copy of this article/book/report/etc., but I don’t know if my reference is correct. Who can help me with this?

We can get you the material you need more quickly if the reference is correct.  Contact the Libraries’ reference services.  One of our reference librarians will be happy to help you check your reference.

How do I create an ILLiad account?

Access ILLiad and click on the First-time user? link. 

You will be asked for information about you, including UT identification information and contact information, and will create a password for ILLiad.

Your ILLiad username will be your UTAD username; this is case-sensitive.  For security’s sake, your ILLiad password should NOT be your UTAD password, and your ILLiad password will NOT be synchronized with your UTAD password.

I forgot my ILLiad password. Now what?

If you forget your password, click on the Forgot Password? link at the bottom of the login page to reset it and have the new password emailed to you.  You can also contact the Interlibrary Loan Office during business hours at either 419.530.2576 or 419.530.2175 to have your password reset.  Either way, change your password when you are prompted to change it.

If I use a public workstation to access ILLiad, is security a concern?

It can be; to avoid security issues, make sure you always logoff ILLiad when you are finished.

How can I check the status of my requests?

To check the status of your ILLiad requests, log in to your ILLiad account.  In the menu on the left:

  • Current Requests shows what you have requested and are still waiting for
  • Electronically Received Articles will show you which article requests have arrived.  These will be scanned as PDF documents which you can print or download within 30 days of arrival.  (They are deleted after 30 days to be in copyright compliance).
  • Checked out items will show which books or other materials you have checked out currently.

(The status of items requested through OhioLINK can be viewed in your Library Record).

Who can I contact if I have questions about my requests?

Call Interlibrary Loan at 419.530.2576, 419.530.2175, or send email to

ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request System

Setting Up Your ILLiad Account

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Placing your ILLiad Request

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Retrieving your ILLiad Items

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Contact Information for our Interlibrary Loan Department

Valerie Brown   (Lending), 419.530.2175,

Lynn Brinkman (Borrowing), 419.530.2576,

General email:

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