Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a free service for all COD Library card holders. However, if you are a COD student, faculty or staff member, it is faster to request items through I-Share.

How do I place an ILL request?

There are three ways you can place an ILL request:

  1. The Library Catalog

    Search for your book or article in our Library Catalog. The book or article should appear in our catalog even if COD doesn't own it. Click on the book or article title and look for the interlibrary loan request button in the item record:

    ILL request button

    After you click this button, enter your name, Library barcode number, phone number and (optionally) your e-mail address. Your request will be submitted to the Library.

    Note: When using the Catalog from off-campus, you need to sign-in with your Library barcode number before seeing ILL request buttons. Look for the "Off-campus access" link in the top-left dropdown menu or in the blue box in item records:

    Off campus access link Off campus access link
  2. Article Databases

    You can place ILL requests for articles your find in Library databases that have no online full-text access.

    For these articles, look for the "Find this!" link:

    Find this

    When you click this link, our link resolver will look to see if we have online access in any of our other databases. In many cases, you can access the article immediately in another database:

    Full text availability

    If there is no online access in our other databases, click on the "Request This Item" link in the top-right corner:

    Request this item

    Provide your name, phone number, Library barcode number, and (optionally) your e-mail address and your ILL request will be placed.

  3. ILL Request Forms

    If you can't locate your item in the Library catalog or in an article database, submit your request using one of our ILL request forms.

Who is eligible for this service?

Interlibrary Loan is a free service offered to anyone who has a current COD Library card. You may apply for a Library card at the Circulation Desk.

How long will it take for my request to arrive?

Journal, magazine, or newspaper articles usually take about 5 working days to arrive. Books usually take 10 working days or more. You will be notified by phone or e-mail (your choice) when the item is available.

Where do I pick up my request?

Pick up your ordered item at the Circulation Desk in the COD Library after you have been notified by phone or e-mail of its arrival. When the article that you requested is sent to us in electronic form, we will e-mail it to you.

What items cannot be requested?

Certain items may not be requested through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Books published during the current calendar year.
  • Non-print materials such as videotapes, recorded music, audiotapes, CDs, etc.
  • Whole issues of journals or articles available full-text from COD electronic indexes and databases.

Can I renew an ILL book?

The lending library sets the due date. If you need the book longer, contact the Interlibrary Loan staff at (630) 942-2166 or by e-mail ([email protected]) at least three days before the due date. Once the book is overdue, a renewal cannot be arranged. Overdue fines are 25 cents per day per book. Do not contact the lending library.

Where do I return an ILL book?

Return the book to the Circulation Desk in the COD Library.

Are there any limits to the number of items that I can request?

There are no limits for students, COD faculty, administrators and staff. Community Borrowers may only request/have 10 items per semester.

Do I have to return articles or book chapters?

Photocopies of articles or chapters do not need to be returned. They are yours to keep.

May I order a book that you have in the Library but is checked out or missing?


Where can I learn more about ILL?

Libraries in the state of Illinois agree to a shared ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code that is formalized as part of the Illinois Administrative Code (IAC).

For questions and information, call the Library Reference Desk at (630) 942-3364 or Ask A Librarian.