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What is interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) provides access to books that are not available through PALCI E-ZBorrow and to copies of articles, videos, dissertations, and microforms that are not available in the Connelly Library. The interlibrary loan staff uses OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing to obtain locations for materials and to send requests electronically to holding institutions.

Who is eligible to use interlibrary loan?

All current La Salle University faculty, students, and staff who are in good standing with the library and who have a valid ID card and an up-to-date library circulation record can request materials through interlibrary loan.

How do you submit an interlibrary loan request?

You can submit requests three ways:

(1) Use the FirstSearch Ill Link when you are in a FirstSearch database, such as WorldCat, ERIC, or MEDLINE

(2) Use Article Locator Step 3, when you are in other databases available through the Connelly Library

(3) Fill out an online ILL form. Under “Interlibrary Loan”, select “Submit a Request”. Select the appropriate form for a book, journal article, or chapter of a book. Enter your name and your library barcode (the 14-digit barcode on the back of your ID card). Fill out the form and submit your request.

Use the FirstSearch ILL Link to request materials through interlibrary loan that you find in a FirstSearch database, such as WorldCat, ERIC, or MEDLINE.

You can also fill out a blank ILL form. Select “Borrow from Other Libraries” on the library’s homepage. Under “Interlibrary Loan”, select “Submit a Request”. Fill out the appropriate form for a book, journal article, chapter of a book, etc. Enter your name and your library barcode (the 14-digit barcode on the back of your ID card). Submit your request.

How long does interlibrary loan take?

Most materials are received from libraries in Pennsylvania within one week. Materials that are only available from libraries out of state will take longer to obtain.

Is there a charge for interlibrary loan?

You will not be charged for materials obtained through interlibrary loan, but you will be held financially responsible for any damage or loss while borrowed materials are in your possession.

How will I be notified when materials are received?

The Interlibrary Loan Service of the Connelly Library uses the Ariel© document transmission system to send and receive articles over the Internet. After we electronically submit your article requests to other libraries through WorldCat Resource Sharing, we receive your articles through Ariel© in PDF format. Using Ariel© Patron Delivery, we send your articles to your La Salle email address as attachments that can be read using Adobe Reader.

When an article is sent to you through Ariel© Patron Delivery, the From line in your email will read The Subject line will say “Document Delivery Notification.”

Where do you pickup and return borrowed materials?

You can pick up and return borrowed materials at the Information Desk in the Connelly Library. Copies of articles do not have to be returned.

How long can materials be used?

Loan periods are established by lending libraries. Most loan periods are for three or four weeks. You must request renewals before the due date. Renewals are allowed at the discretion of the lending libraries. To renew books borrowed through interlibrary loan (books with a yellow book band), contact the Interlibrary Loan Department at 215.951.1862.

Further Questions?

If you have any questions about using interlibrary loan, please contact the interlibrary loan Service at 215.951.1862 or send an e-mail message to Also, library staff is available at the Information Desk during most library hours to provide assistance.

Connelly Library • 1900 West Olney Avenue • Philadelphia, PA 19141
Phone: 215.951.1292 | Fax: 215.951.1549
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