Interlibrary Loan (ILL or ILLiad) allows Washington University students, faculty, and staff to obtain materials that are not held by the University Libraries.
Please check the Washington University Libraries Catalog before requesting materials.
For more information on ILL policies, please see our ILL Lending Policies (PDF).
Do you have questions about Interlibrary Loan or is a Washington University Libraries owned item you are looking for already checked out? Contact our staff to learn more about ILLiad or how to Request Chapter Scans.
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Phone: (314) 935-5442
Use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) to obtain PDFs of journal articles, book chapters, and other research materials you need. PDFs will be posted in your ILLiad account often within 24-48 hours. You will be notified by e-mail when the PDF is ready to be downloaded.
There are two ways to request articles and book chapters:
- Search the library’s electronic databases and click on them to see options for obtaining the article. If full text is not available through Washington University Libraries, select ILLiad to request the article. The article citation will be imported once you log on with your WUSTL key and password.
- Log on to ILLiad with your WUSTL key and password. Click on the Article or Book Chapter links 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. PDFs are created by scanning books and journals within the Libraries when available. If we do not own the needed article or chapter, we rely on partner libraries across the world to supply PDFs from their collections.
Use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) to obtain books and other research materials including CDs, DVDs, microfilm, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations owned by libraries worldwide. Materials usually arrive within 1-2 weeks. You may pick up ILL materials at John M. Olin Library, Gaylord Music Library, the Brown School Library, or the Kranzberg Art and Architecture Library. Faculty and staff are also eligible to have ILL materials delivered to their campus box as it is listed in the Washington University Directory by choosing Fac&Staff Campus Box Delivery as the pickup location.
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 5-7 days. The WU library you choose as a pickup location will notify you when the item arrives. Faculty and staff are also eligible to have MOBIUS materials delivered to their campus box as it is listed in the Washington University Directory. You can use My Catalog to check on the status of your MOBIUS requests.
Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) can also be used to obtain a wide variety of materials beyond books and PDFs of journal articles. We are often able to borrow CDs, DVDs, microfilm, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, primary sources, and rare materials from research organizations worldwide. Some items may take longer to locate but we are always willing to investigate and discuss options. Please submit an ILL request via ILLiad, email Interlibrary Loan staff, or reach out to your subject librarian for further assistance.