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About Interlibrary Loan

What is interlibrary loan (ILL)?
Interlibrary loan is a cooperative arrangement among libraries 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. We are unable to request copies of items we have but are currenlty checked out.

Who can use this service?
Any currently enrolled student or currently employed faculty or staff member of the University of the Arts.

Alumni, reciprocal, and member patrons are not eligible for ILL service. Please contact your local public library instead.

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

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

  • Request materials via WorldCat, the largest network of library collections, where you can search and request books, articles, and videos online.

  • Request materials via OneSearch, our primary article database. Any items not available through the Libraries will display an ILL option.

  • Fill out our online Interlibrary Loan 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 may indicate on the ILL request form the highest amount you are willing to pay (this can be $0.00).

For questions about interlibrary loan, contact:

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?
  • After reading over this page, connect to WorldCat directly
  • or search the library catalog by title for worldcat.

How Do I Search WorldCat?
Once you're connected to WorldCat you'll see a Basic Search box.

  • 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 and you will be directed to the location of the item. You may not request items already owned by the UArts Libraries.
Note that there is also an Advanced Search screen option.

How Do I Request My Item On ILL?

Find the title you would like from the list on the left side and click it to open its detailed record.

  • Note the "Editions & Formats" tab, which lists other versions of the same title (such as blu-ray vs. DVD). Choose the version you prefer. Also listed are editions w/ the number of lenders. Choose the edition that has the greatest number of lenders.
  • Click on the "Request Item" button in the "Availability" tab, fill out the request form, 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?

For articles, find the journal title in WorldCat and "Request Item" as above. However, in the "Article Citation/Other Notes" field in the request form, please provide the full citation for the article.

We strongly recommend you make an appointment with a librarian to guide you through the article request process the first time.

Send questions or remarks to, Circulation Supervisor.

Interlibrary Loan Policies

In order to use the interlibrary loan service, I understand that:
  • I am required to include a valid, active UArts email address and 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 by 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:
    Victoria Schenck

    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.
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