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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 tool 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, Casettes, etc)
  • Dissertations & Theses
  • Reference materials (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)
  • Books and articles published very recently
  • Conference papers that have not been published
  • Special Collections materials (rare books, original manuscripts, letters, photos, etc.)
  • Technical Standards

Items we cannot borrow through ILL include:

  • Current textbooks required for GU classes (see below)
  • E-books
  • Streaming media

Why can't I borrow textbooks through ILL?
It is rare to find the edition you need in a library and the loan periods for ILL books will not cover a 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.

If a Foley book is unavailable, can I request it through ILL?
Yes, 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 $25 annual fee for the card will be waived.  Retired faculty also retain Interlibrary Loan privileges, but they must contact the Interlibrary Loan Office to update their status and contact information.

Check out times, renewals, and request limits

How long can I keep an Interlibrary Loan item?

  • 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.

Can I renew ILL items?
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.

How many ILL requests can I make at a time?
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

Can you rush a request for me?
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.

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 $15  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.