Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service whereby libraries borrow and lend books, microfilm, and audio-visual material along with supplying journal, magazine, and newspaper articles for library patrons.
Materials not owned by McGill Library may be borrowed from or supplied by other lending institutions.
If you have questions about Interlibrary Loan, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Office at 724.946.7049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Interlibrary Loan Office is located on the ground floor of Mcgill Library, room G03.
Interlibrary Loan Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm*
*Please note that ILL service is suspended from December 18 to January 5.
Interlibrary Loan is a service of McGill Library for Westminster faculty, students, and staff. This service is available to assist eligible individuals in the completion of their curricular or professional research needs.
All eligible patrons will have an online ILL account.
Registered patrons can access their online accounts here.
New or First-time users can set up an account here.
Copyright Restrictions on ILL Requests
The library's ILL service is integrated into WISE, providing a convenient process for borrowing items that Westminster College does not own or have direct access to. It is recommended that you create an ILL account before you begin your search, but not required. To use ILL in WISE, use the following steps:
"This item isn't held in your library system, but it is held by other WorldCat Libraries. You may request this item from a WorldCat library through interlibrary loan."
Eligible patrons can submit Interlibrary Loan requests for multiple material types through the online form.
When requesting research materials from other institutions, please have full citation information and check your information for accuracy before submitting your request. Include the source of your citation. If we have a problem with the citation or if the information is incomplete, we may return it to you for further research.
Materials, if available, usually arrive within two to ten days of placing the request. We will notify you by email when your materials are available.
Articles: Will be available online through your ILLiad account.
Books (and other physical materials): May be picked up at the Circulation Desk in McGill Library, during any hours that the library is open.
McGill Library will attempt to borrow books and/or supply articles for Westminster College students, faculty, staff, administrators and retired faculty. The library assumes responsibility for all costs except if the material is genealogical or non-academic in nature AND there is a fee imposed by the lending library. The patron will be notified of any charges before the request is processed.
This service is not provided to the general public. They should refer to their local public library for assistance.
ILL Requests for all materials types are processed in this sequence:
2. Faculty/ staff
3. All other requests
The library will not borrow material for students in entry level courses when the research topic can be met using the resources in the local collection. If that is the case, the interlibrary loan specialist or a librarian will work with the student to find material relevant to the research topic.
There are NO RENEWALS for borrowed items except under special circumstance. Material must be used within the borrowing period set by the lending library.
A loan item of the same date and publisher cannot be requested twice in the same semester except under special circumstance.
Please see the full Interlibrary Loan Policy for more information.
Fines are assessed at $5.00 a day for material which is borrowed from another institution.
Lost/ Damaged Material:
Material which WC has borrowed from another institution and which is subsequently declared lost or damaged will be replaced. The library prepares a bill, listing the replacement costs charged by the lending library. Under the doctrine of replevin, the library still owns the book and can recover it from the person who paid the replacement fee or a subsequent owner even if the subsequent owner has done nothing illegal. Legal title does not pass to the person who paid the fee because the library did not intend to sell the item. The replacement fees are not refunded to the borrowing library.