How do I request an item from another library?

Interlibrary Loan is the process by which Coulter Library can request books, articles, and other resources which Coulter Library does not currently own. There is no charge for this service. Coulter Library sends out a request for an item that you wish to request through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan software system, and a library which does have the item will loan it to us for you. The loan time will vary, depending on the policies of the lending library.


If you want to request an item which is not held by Coulter Library:

  1. Log in to ILLiad, our interlibrary loan software system
  2. Click the first time user link if this your first time using the ILLIAD service. Complete the registration form and then continue on to step 3.
  3. You can then log in and select what type of resource you want to request, fill in the form, and send the request. You will be notified when your item arrives (usually in 2 to 5 days); items must be picked up/returned to Coulter Library. (If it is an article, you will receive an e-mail telling you it is available in your ILLiad account.) Click here to view our interlibrary loan instruction sheet.


From within a database:

You can also place an interlibrary loan request directly from within most of our databases. If you are using a database and find an abstract or citation without the full article, click on the borrow from another library link in the database to see your options for obtaining the full-text of the item. This will search all of Coulter Library's other databases for your item. If it is not available anywhere in our databases, you will see a link to request the item.