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Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad): Distance Learning Patrons

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

Borrowing for Distance Learning Students

Distance Learning students may not be physically on campus, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take advantage of the services University Libraries has to offer! We have a variety of options for you to find the materials you need to assist with your research.

Ohio Residents: Read This First!

If you are in the state of Ohio, but still more than 50 miles from any University of Toledo campus, we encourage you to try to borrow materials via OhioLINK before placing interlibrary loan requests. OhioLINK's "Pick Up Anywhere" service allows you to request items and have them delivered to the closest OhioLINK library. 

To learn more about this service, please visit our OhioLINK Borrowing LibGuide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use this service?

Distance learning (DL) students who wish to borrow materials and have them shipped to their home must meet the following:

  • Students must be currently enrolled in online classes at UToledo and must not be attending any classes on campus.
  • Your current residence must be more than 50 miles from any UToledo campus, but still within the United States.
  • Your library record must be in good standing, with no overdue materials or unpaid fines.
  • You must have an active ILLiad account to place your requests.

What can be requested?
  • All circulating materials owned by the University Libraries
  • Most items requested from other libraries via interlibrary loan 
    • Materials restricted to "Library Use Only" cannot be sent to DL students
    • Lending libraries may have other restrictions that prohibit this service

How do I receive and send back my material?
  • All items are mailed via United States Priority Mail
  • University Libraries pays for shipping both ways
    • A prepaid shipping label will be emailed to you (in PDF format) three days before your material is due
  • Return the material to us in the same box it was sent to you

Still have questions?

For more information or clarification, send an email to Otherwise, follow the steps below to get verified as an eligible distance learning student:

  1. Register for your ILLiad account, if you haven't already done so.
  2. Complete and submit the Distance Learning Borrowing Registration Agreement
    • To avoid delays in verification, make sure the address you provide matches what is on file at the Registrar's Office.
  3. After the library confirms your eligibility, we will let you know that you can begin placing loan requests.


Distance Learning ILL Contact Information

Questions about this service should be directed to:

Valerie Brown