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Library DIY: Finding Books and Articles

The Library can get you a copy through ILL!

What is ILL?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service where libraries borrow and lend books, microfilm, DVDs,  journals, magazines, and newspaper articles to other libraries.  Librarians want everyone to be able to access information, so they work together to get the information to the people who need it!  

If you need something that isn't owned by McGill Library, we may be able to borrow it from another library. 

If you have questions about Interlibrary Loan, or have any trouble using the request form or setting up your ILLiad account, please contact John Garrison

Please note that ILL service is not available when the library is closed for Winter Break.  

Interlibrary Loan How-To

Let us know what you need!!  Please read the step-by-step instructions below and contact the library if you have any questions or concerns.

  1. Search WISE to see if we have the item you are looking for.
  2. If you don't see what you need in the first few results, change the result sorting to "Best Match". (see screenshot below)
  3. Click "Request via Interlibrary Loan" on the item in WISE. (see screenshot below)
  4. Fill out the form; please provide your name, Westminster email, and any questions or special requests about your ILL.
    1. Article/book chapter:
      • Look for an email from mcgillill@westminster.edu with instructions to download your article/book chapter when it is ready (usually 1-2 days).
    2. Book/DVD/physical item:
      • Look for an email from mcgillill@westminster.edu when it is ready to be picked up at the library front desk.
  5. Can't find the item you need in WISE? Fill out this form with information about what you need (title, author, etc.) and we'll still get it!

Interlibrary Loan Policies

Please refer to these guidelines and policies when you are borrowing materials through the interlibrary loan service.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Books/physical items:
    • Due date: this will be indicated on the book sleeve (don't remove this!).
      • Most ILL-borrowed items are due on the final Wednesday of class.
      • Some books may have a shorter loan length, typically 4-8 weeks.
      • Extensions of the due date may be possible. Please contact us to request one.
    • Late Fines: $5 per day, per item
      • It is vital that we return borrowed items to the lending libraries in a timely manner.
  • Articles/Book Chapters:
    • Downloading and using:
      • When the item is ready, you will receive instructions via email on how to download it. This download is free of charge and in PDF format.
      • Please note: you will have 30 days from the notification to download the item (you can continue to use the PDF for personal uses without limit). If you are unable to download the item in time or have other difficulties downloading it, please contact us.
      • Individual use only: do NOT share the PDF file with a class or any other group. If you need to borrow multiple copies of an item, please contact us.