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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.

Borrowing Books and Other Items Through ILLiad

  • When an item you've borrowed through ILLiad arrives and is ready to pick up, you will receive an email notification that the item is ready for pickup at whatever library you selected when you registered for your ILLiad account (Carlson or Mulford).
  • If an item is not picked up after one week, you will receive one courtesy reminder email.
  • Any item not picked up after two weeks will be pulled from the hold shelf and returned to the lending library. (We reserve the right to terminate ILL borrowing privileges for those who repeatedly fail to pick up their ILL items.)
  • Items borrowed through ILLiad are due in 12 weeks, or at the end of the semester when your library record expires, whichever is earlier. 
  • There are absolutely no renewals on items borrowed through ILLiad.


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


OCLC Symbol: TOL