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Interlibrary Loan & ILLiad: Intro

Access ILLiad

ILL vs. ILLiad

What is ILL?
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a means of sharing resources between libraries. Through Foley Library's ILL service, you have access to books, articles, and other items not available in our collection or databases. When you request an item, we send your request to other libraries that participate in ILL. If the item is available, they will mail us the book or send electronic copies of articles.

What is ILLiad?
ILLiad is the software used to request items through Interlibrary Loan. You must create an individual account in our ILLiad system to request Interlibrary Loans.

 

What can I borrow through ILL?

We will make an earnest attempt to request almost any library item you need for your academic research. Keep in mind that some materials can be difficult or impossible to obtain.

Some examples of hard-to-get items include:

  • Audio/visual materials (DVD, VHS, CD, Cassettes, etc)
  • Dissertations & Theses
  • Reference materials (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)
  • Books and articles published very recently
  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Archival or Special Collections materials (rare books, original manuscripts, letters, photos, etc.)
  • Technical standards
  • Reports and studies published outside of academic literature or by commercial entities

Items we cannot borrow through ILL include:

  • Current textbooks required for Gonzaga classes (see below)
  • E-books, streaming media, and other online-only materials that are not possible to lend

Textbooks
Textbooks for current courses are typically not available through Interlibrary Loan. It is rare to find the edition you need in a library, and the loan periods for ILL books will not cover a full semester’s use. It is a more appropriate use of our ILL budget to borrow materials that support research projects rather than everyday course readings. Encourage your professor to place readings on course reserve.

Foley-owned Items
If a book owned by Foley has a status of checked out, on order, damaged, missing, or lost, you are welcome to request it through ILL.

 

Services for Retired Gonzaga Faculty

Retired GU Faculty retain borrowing and interlibrary loan privileges at Foley Library. In place of the ZagCard, retired faculty may apply for a Community Borrower's card to use when checking out books. The $35 annual fee for the card will be waived.  Retired faculty also retain Interlibrary Loan privileges, but they must contact the Interlibrary Loan Office ill@gonzaga.edu to update their status and contact information.

Check out times, renewals, and request limits

Loan Period

  • Articles from journals and magazines are delivered electronically and are stored on our server for 30 days and are then deleted. It is recommended that you download your articles, which will allow you to keep them indefinitely.
  • Books have a due date that is established by the lending library, we have no control over this date. The average checkout period is around 4 weeks, and in most cases one renewal is allowed. Because ILL books belong to another library, we must honor the date they provide.

Renewals
Renewals can be requested through ILLiad or by calling the ILL office at 509-313-3878. Please request the renewal before the date due to avoid late fines. Renewal due dates are determined by the lender and you will be notified when they respond to your renewal request with a new date or a denial.

Borrowing Limits
Undergraduate students are limited to ten active requests at any one time. Faculty & staff and graduate students may have up to 40 active requests at a time.

An article request is considered active until received, and a book request is active until you return the book to the library, where it must be checked in and updated. Exceptions to this policy may be allowed on a situational basis by contacting the ILL office at 509-313-3878 or ILL@gonzaga.edu.

Rush Requests
Due to mailing times and as a courtesy to other libraries we typically do not ask for requests to be rushed. We may decide to rush a request under certain circumstances. Please call 509-313-3878 during business hours for more information.

Blocked Library Account
If your library circulation account becomes blocked for any reason (e.g., lost items, excessive fines, expired registration), Interlibrary Loan privileges will be correspondingly suspended. After clearing your account with circulation, please contact the ILL Department to have ILLiad privileges reinstated.
 

How much does ILL cost?

At this time, we do not charge users for most Interlibrary Loans. Occasionally, borrowing or copyright fees exceed our maximum amounts, and you will be asked if you would like to pay the difference in order to receive the item. You have the option to decline the charges and cancel request at that time. See the chart below for borrowing costs.

  Borrowing Fees Copyright Fees
Students                          Library pays:  up to $17  up to $50
Faculty/Staff                    Library pays:  up to $50  up to $50

 

If I lose or return an item late, how much does it cost?

  • Overdue fines are charged at the rate of $1.00 per day, per item, with a maximum overdue fine of $25 per item when returned.
  • Charges for lost or damaged books are determined by the lending library and typically include a processing fee.

Please use good judgement and only request ILL items that you can really use so that we can continue to offer this service at no charge to our users.