Interlibrary loan is a free service for COD Library card holders. COD students, faculty or staff members, remember to request items through I-Share for faster delivery.
District residents may now receive up to 40 books per academic year through Interlibrary Loan. However, due to the current licensing environment and standards, residents are no longer able to request magazine, journal, or newspaper articles through ILL. District residents may continue to access these resources on campus and at regional center locations. For more information, see our District Resident Policies.
COD students, faculty, and staff can place ILL requests for articles you find in Library databases that have no online full-text access.
For these articles, look for the "Find this!" link:
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:
If there is no online access in our other databases, click on the "Request This Item" link in the top-right corner:
Provide your name, phone number, Library barcode number, and your e-mail address and your ILL request will be placed. An email address is required in order for the article to be sent to you.
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:
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:
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.
Pick up your ordered item at the main floor 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.
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.
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.
Return the book to a Circulation Desk in the COD Library.
There are no limits for students, COD faculty, administrators and staff. Community Borrowers may only request/have 10 items per semester.
Photocopies of articles or chapters do not need to be returned. They are yours to keep.
When you cannot locate your item in the Library catalog or in an article database, submit your request using the ILL Request Forms link below: