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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.

Please use the tabs above to navigate this guide. Please see the attached PDF for complete interlibrary loan polices.

How Does ILL Work?


  • 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.

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.

Where In the World Did My ILL Request Come From?

This map shows cities around the world that loaned books and articles to the ESF community through interlibrary loan networks during the 2015-2016 academic year. Click on the map to zoom in.

Search WorldCat

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

ILL News


  • ***Please renew or return any interlibrary loan items before you leave for the summer!***
  • If you have a question about your interlibrary loan item or need help renewing an ILL book, please email
  • Did you know that most ebooks are not lendable between libraries? Please request a chapter or two from ebooks as articles, or request the print version of the book (be sure to enter the correct ISBN number). This will help us get you what you need quicker.

What Do You Think?

If you've used Interlibrary Loan at ESF, how satisfied are you with the service?
Ecstatic!: 23 votes (58.97%)
Happy: 12 votes (30.77%)
Neutral: 4 votes (10.26%)
Unhappy: 0 votes (0%)
Very Disappointed: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 39