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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Introduction to Research at the Library: 3. Interlibrary Loan

Learn to think like a librarian! This guide is an introduction (or a refresher) to using the library to find books and journal articles.

Interlibrary Loan

If a book is not available via I-Share, your next step is to use Interlibrary Loan (often called ILL). You can access your ILL account from the library homepage under the "Borrow Materials" tab. 

Now you can log in by clicking on "Login to ILLiad."

You'll then be asked to log in using your NetID and password. Your ILL account is automatically linked to your NetID, so you don't need to create an account. 

After logging in, you will see the ILLiad screen, which is shown below. If you are requesting an article, click on the "Photocopy" option. You can also select "Book" or any other option from the menu. Then fill out the required citation information for the book, article, or other type of document. Photocopies are generally made available as PDFs. Please note that this service can only be used to request books not at Illinois or in the I-Share network, and article photocopies that are not held in print or electronically by the University of Illinois. If you are not sure if you should be using ILL, Ask a Librarian.


WorldCat is a library catalog that includes records from around the world. It is the place to go if a book you need is not available at the University of Illinois, or in the I-Share catalog. WorldCat is available as a web based catalog, and also as a database interface through the Library homepage. The link to WorldCat can be found on the top right corner of the icons on the homepage. You will be taken to the WorldCat local version, where you can search.

The advantage of using the link on the library homepage to locate materials is that once you have located an item, you can place the request directly through ILL without manually filling out a form. It will link directly to your ILL account, and you won't have to manually enter the citation information.


After clicking on the link above to request a loan, you will be asked to login with your NetID and password. Then a fully completed form will appear that you can submit with one click! (See screenshot below.) You'll get an email when the item is available for pickup. All ILL items must be picked up at the the Central Access Services (circulation) desk on the second floor of the Main Library.

Hands on Activity

  1. Search the local and I-share catalogs for The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh. Is it available at any I-share libraries?
  2. Locate the same title in the WorldCat catalog, and walk through the steps for how you would request it through Interlibrary loan.