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ILL FAQs and how-to

Welcome to Interlibrary Loan @ ESF!

Welcome!  Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a supplementary service provided in cooperation with libraries around the world to help the ESF campus community obtain materials needed for research and study that are not available at Moon Library.  ILL service is available to current faculty, staff, and students of the College of Environmental Science and Foresty.

Books and theses are borrowed from lending libraries and individual journal articles are scanned and sent electronically from lending libraries. While most materials can be obtained, few libraries will lend whole periodicals, reference books, textbooks, media materials, rare books, or current publications (i.e. published in the last year).  The speed with which requests get filled varies greatly, depending on the type and rarity of material requested, where it is located geographically, and the form in which it is supplied.

Table of Contents

Please use the tabs above or links below to navigate this guide and learn more about ILL.

Request an Item

Set Up an ILL account

Requesting ILL Renewals

Campus Delivery


Search WorldCat

WorldCat is a global catalog of library collections and a great place to find materials not owned by ESF or SU.

How Does ILL Work?

Books and Media:

  • Email notifications will be sent out letting you know that you can come to the circulation desk at Moon Library to pick up your book.
  • Some items will be marked as 'Library Use Only.'  This means that the lending library has stipulated that those items not be taken outside the library due to their fragile or rare nature.
  • Renewals must be requested before the book is due.  To renew a book, log in to your ILLiad account, click on 'Checked Out Items' on the left-hand side, click on the transaction number of the book you want to renew, and then click 'Renew Request' at the top of the page.  You will receive an email stating whether or not the book is renewed with the new due date. Often books are only allowed one renewal by the lending library.
  • Books will come with attached paperwork noting when the book is due back and any additional information - please leave this paperwork on the book!
  • Courtesy emails will be sent reminding you to either renew or return your book.


  • Email notifications will be sent letting you know your article is availble for viewing - follow the link provided in the email.
  • Articles may be viewed by logging in to your ILLiad account and clicking 'View' next to article shown in the 'Electronically Received Articles' box.

ILL News

-Please remember to return your ILL books by the due date!

-Check out Moon Library's new Campus Delivery service available to faculty, staff, and graduate students!


Ruth Owens
Moon 103-B