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Interlibrary Loan: Request an Item

ILL FAQs and how-to

Set up an ILLiad Account

The first step in requesting an item through ILL is to set up an account in ILLiad (ESF's ILL system):

  • Go to the ILLiad LogonPage
  • Select 'First Time Users' under the login boxes
  • Click the button at the bottom of the page that says 'First Time Users Click Here'
  • Fill out all the required fields in the form
    • Tip: Use your ESF/SYR netid as your ILLiad username

If you already set up an ILLiad account, simply enter your username and password in the logon page. If you forgot your password, please contact ILL staff at 470-6723.

ILL News


  • ***Please renew or return any interlibrary loan items before you leave for Spring Break!***
  • 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.

Submit Request

To submit an interlibrary loan request, please follow these steps:

  • Log in to the ILLiad system with your ILLiad username and password.
  • On the left-hand side of screen under 'New Request,' select which type of material you are requesting
  • Fill out all the fields with the red asterisk next to them.
    • Tip: Fill out as much information as you know - dates, page numbers, and where you found the citation are especially helpful
  • Click the 'Submit Request' button at the bottom of the request form
  • Library staff will process your request as quickly as possible

What About Fiction?

For books to read for fun (and for audiobooks or DVDs), check out the Onondaga County Public Library.  OCPL is the place to go for novels and the latest best sellers.  Petit Branch is the closest to campus, just off of Westcott. There are several other branches all over the city and with your OCPL card you can check out items from any branch.