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Interlibrary Loan

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General Information
Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Monday through Friday

Contact:
Deb Ehrstein
ILL/Reserves Librarian
Phone: (314) 935-5442
ill@wumail.wustl.edu

Interlibrary loan allows Washington University students, faculty and staff to obtain materials that are not held by the University Libraries.

Please check the WU Libraries Catalog before requesting materials from outside sources.


Questions about interlibrary loan? See the ILL FAQ.

keyboardRequesting Articles

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)
Use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) to obtain books, articles, and other research materials you need. Most articles will be posted electronically in your ILLiad account usually within 24-48 hours. Books and other materials are available for pickup usually within 1-2 weeks at the Olin Library checkout desk.
You will be notified by e-mail when the material arrives.

There are two ways to request journal articles:

  1. Search the library's electronic databases and click on to see options for obtaining the article. If full text is not available through WU Libraries, select ILLiad to request the article. The article citation will be imported once you log on with your WUSTL key and password.
  2. Log on to ILLiad with your WUSTL key and password. Click on the Article request link in the left-hand menu. Fill in as much citation information as available. Add any comments you wish to share with library staff in the Notes field. Click Submit Request.

ILLiad FAQ's

The Law and Medical School libraries process Interlibrary Loan materials separately. If you are with one of those Schools, please use the appropriate link below.

Law Library ILL
Becker Medical Library ILL

booksRequesting Books

MOBIUS
Use MOBIUS to borrow books from other academic libraries in Missouri. Most books are available for pickup at the WU library of your choice usually within 3-7 days.
The WU library you choose as a pickup location will notify you when the item arrives. You can also use My Catalog to check on the status of your MOBIUS requests.

MOBIUS FAQ's

If the book you want is not available from MOBIUS, use Interlibrary Loan, below.

Interlibrary Loan
Use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) to obtain books, articles, and other research materials you need. Most articles will be posted electronically in your ILLiad account usually within 24-48 hours. Books and other materials are available for pickup usually within 1-2 weeks at the Olin Library checkout desk.
You will be notified by e-mail when the material arrives.

ILLiad FAQ's

The Law and Medical School libraries process Interlibrary Loan materials separately. If you are with one of those Schools, please use the appropriate link below.

Law Library ILL
Becker Medical Library ILL

journalsRequesting Other Materials

Interlibrary Loan
Use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) to obtain books, articles, and other research materials you need. Most articles will be posted electronically in your ILLiad account usually within 24-48 hours. Books and other materials are available for pickup usually within 1-2 weeks at the Olin Library checkout desk.
You will be notified by e-mail when the material arrives.

ILLiad FAQ's

The Law and Medical School libraries process Interlibrary Loan materials separately. If you are with one of those Schools, please use the appropriate link below.

Law Library ILL
Becker Medical Library ILL

outside_OlinOther Libraries Borrowing from WUSTL

Olin Library supplies loans and photocopies of materials to libraries and other organizations.
Libraries may submit requests via OCLC to our symbol WTU. Non-OCLC libraries can register with us and logon via ILLiad to submit an ILL request.