About Interlibrary Loan

What is interlibrary loan (ILL)?
A library service that allows you to request any book, article, or other material that our library does not own.

Remember to check our catalog before making interlibrary loan requests.

Who can use this service?
Any current student, faculty or staff member of the University of the Arts.
Alumni, reciprocal, and member patrons are not eligible for ILL service.

What do I need to know before using the interlibrary loan service?
Please see the "Policies" tab on this page.

How do I request an item?
You have several options:

  • Connect to WorldCat, the largest network of library collections, where you can search and request the materials yourself online.

  • Fill out a PDF version of the ILL request form and email or interoffice mail it to Mary Louise Castaldi, or drop it off at the Greenfield circulation desk.
    Interlibrary Loan Book/Score Request Form
    Interlibrary Loan Article Request Form

  • Pick up a form at the circulation desk of the Greenfield or Music Library, fill it out and hand it in.

Is There A Fee For The Ill Service?
Every attempt is made to borrow for FREE. If materials cannot be gotten for free, you will be notified before materials are sent.
You must indicate on the ILL request form the highest amount you are willing to pay (this can be $0.00).

Using WorldCat

What is WorldCat?
The University of the Arts University Libraries subscribe to WorldCat, the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat allows you to simultaneously search thousands of libraries around the world.

We are especially happy to offer WorldCat as an online method for requesting interlibrary loan materials.

How Do I Access WorldCat?

How Do I Search WorldCat?
Once you're connected to WorldCat you'll see a Basic Search screen like this:

  • Be as specific as possible.
  • Use an ISBN to get an exact match.
  • You may turn up multiple editions of your book. Choose the one that looks best to you.
  • NOTE that if the UArts Libraries own the item this will be indicated by an icon. You may not request items already owned by the UArts Libraries through ILL.
Note that there is also an Advanced Search screen option.

How Do I Request My Item On ILL?
Look at the record of the item for a link to borrow from another library.

Click on the "Borrow this item from another library" link and you'll see a form like the one below. Fill out the form, especially the * areas, and click Submit.
You must supply your UArts e-mail address so we know you're eligible for service.

How Do I Request Journal Articles?
Please make an appointment with a librarian to guide you through the process the first time.
Send questions or remarks to, Reference Librarian.

Interlibrary Loan Policies

In order to use the interlibrary loan service, I understand that:
  • I am required to include a valid, active e-mail address or phone number (that I check regularly) with my ILL request. I agree to respond in a timely manner to all messages concerning my request.
  • Items not picked up within 10 days will be returned to the lending library.
  • I am responsible for returning the item on the due date written on the paper band at the front of the book. [This date can also be found in my library record]
  • Overdue ILL items accrue fines at the rate of $1.00 per day per item.
  • Long-term (semester or annual) use of ILL materials is usually prohibited. Renewals are at the discretion of the lender.
  • ILL books are not the property of the University of the Arts Libraries, and therefore, cannot be automatically renewed. If I wish to renew the item, I must contact:
    Mary Louise Castaldi

    before the due date so that she can request a renewal from the lender. The lender may or may not renew.
  • Some items cannot be lent for free, and that I will be told the amount beforehand and asked if I want to pay. If I agree to pay, the amount will be added to my library record whether or not I ever use the item.
  • Any late fines above $5.00 on my library record when the interlibrary loan arrives will mean library-use only for this item.

Last updated: 1/27/12

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