Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the process libraries use to share access to physical and digital materials with other libraries. Since Alverno College Library participates in resource sharing and ILL with libraries across the country and even around the world, we are able to obtain copies of most materials (with rare exceptions) at no cost to our library or to our patrons. Always attempt to request resources through our library before paying for access.

When we receive a request for an item that is not in our collections, we first check our nearby partner institutions through the SWITCH consortium and the UW system. When one of these partners is able to fill a request, our patrons will generally receive the item within just a few business days. When these partners cannot fill a request and we must expand our search to our broader national and international network, we are generally still able to obtain digital items within a week and physical items within a few weeks, depending on lending institution processing times.

ILL requests are typically for physical items (books, dissertations, DVDs, etc.) or for PDF copies of articles or book chapters. Due to copyright restrictions, we are unable to receive PDF copies of entire books or journals. We are also unable to obtain materials for community card holders through Interlibrary Loan. If you are a student who has or needs accessibility accommodations that include ebook access, please reach out to the Student Accessibility Coordinator for assistance.

Please note that we are not able to request textbooks assigned in courses through ILL. These requests will be denied automatically.