Interlibrary Loan Services

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What is Interlibrary Loan?

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service to get you the materials we don’t have: books, articles, etc. ILLiad is the software we use for the service.
  • ILL service is for Penn State faculty, staff and currently enrolled students, including Penn State Online, World Campus, and distance researchers.
  • ILL Borrowing Privileges
  • You need both My Library Account and an ILLiad account.
  • After you find the item you need from library resources, click "I Want It", “Request” or "Get It!", we will get it for you.



  • Articles are delivered electronically as PDFs to your ILLiad account.
  • All other material will be sent to the pickup location specified in your profile, so keep your address and pickup location current in both ILLiad and My Library Account.
  • For University Park campus faculty and staff, items from the Libraries and Interlibrary Loan can be delivered to your office via campus mail.
  • Delivery information for World Campus & distance researchers.


  • You can only renew ILL items if the lending library allows.
  • You may renew one time only for an additional two weeks.
  • You cannot renew after the due date.
  • How to renew


Direct Request Options

  • PALCI E-ZBorrow (search 50 PA and regional academic libraries for book loans)
  • Uborrow (search catalogs and request directly from our Big Ten partners)
  • OCLC WorldCat (search holdings of libraries worldwide)