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Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad): Interlibrary Loan

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

Renewal of Books Borrowed Through ILLiad

Borrowing books through ILLiad is slightly different than borrowing from University Libraries or through OhioLINK. When you check out an item that was borrowed through ILLiad, the due date in your library record defaults to three weeks. This is to account for the wide variety of loan policies and due dates from our lending libraries.

Many lenders give us much more time, however. If you feel you need more than three weeks with your ILLiad items, please contact our department at We can check to see if the lender has already given us additional time, or if they will allow a renewal. 

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan offers free access to materials not available in the collections of University Libraries, or through OhioLINK. This service is restricted to affiliated University of Toledo users with library records in good standing (i.e. no overdue materials or outstanding fines). 

Please note that our office may refuse to fulfill a request if we determine that it would exceed Fair Use standards, or otherwise violate Copyright law (Title 17, United States Code). 

National copyright guidelines annually limit our office to obtain at no charge five articles published in the last five years from each journal not held in University Libraries' collections. Beyond those first five articles, copyright fees (which can exceed $100, depending on the journal) must be paid to the journal publisher. The library strives to fulfill all patron requests, but does not have unlimited resources to fund all fees incurred.

Please consider these factors when placing your requests.

What is Document Delivery?

This service enables all UToledo affiliated users to request articles or book chapters from the Libraries' print and microfilm collections. This is an easy way for our patrons to obtain electronic copies of materials available in the Libraries, from the convenience of your home, office or dorm room. Turnaround time is typically two business days. 

Always check our electronic databases first, in case the article you need is available online. Please note that certain microfiche items may be too large for us to scan. In such cases, we will contact you to set up an appointment to view the microfiche firsthand.

Limits on ILLiad Requesting

ILLiad requests are processed in the order in which they are received, and there are currently no limits on the number of requests that can be submitted. However, University Libraries reserve the right to limit processing of multiple requests to five per day. Patrons placing more than five requests should prioritize and submit them in order of importance.

Requests that exceed the daily limit will be held and processed as time permits (at least 5 per day), in the order in which they were received. 

If you have further questions, please send email to

Interlibrary Loan Department Contact Information

General email:

Valerie Brown


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