What kinds of material can Interlibrary Loan get for me?
Various types of circulating materials are available through ILL including books, book chapters, journal articles, AV materials and government documents. The lending library will determine what items they will loan. Libraries have different policies as what materials they will lend.
What types of materials are difficult to obtain through Interlibrary Loan?
New books, leisure reading material, rare books, reference materials, and audiovisual items are usually difficult to obtain.
What types of materials are not available through Interlibrary Loan?
DeWitt Library does not process requests for course textbooks. Libraries often do not purchase textbooks, and those that do often do not lend them. We recommend buying or renting your textbooks; if costs are prohibitive, check with your professor about placing a copy on reserves.
ILL Request Time Frame
When requesting ILL materials make sure to plan ahead and leave yourself plenty of time to use your item. Below are basic ILL timelines:
All requests are processed within one to three working days of submission.
Articles take 2-3 days to show up in your email. All other ILL items usually take 7-10 days to arrive, but can take longer depending on availability at the lending libraries.
Some items cannot be loaned or take longer periods of time to receive. Examples of these are reference items or rare materials, videos/CDs, musical scores, dissertations, and items on microfilm.
How to Interlibrary Loan a Book
When looking up your topic in WorldCat you may find books you are interested in that are not available in DeWitt's collection. For those titles there will be a link called: Borrow this Item from Another Library.
Once you click this button you will be directed to the Interlibrary Loan login page. Enter your Northwestern network username and password, then click Sign In. The request form will be populated with your WorldCat request information; you simply need to click WorldCat request information; you simply need to click Submit Request.
How to Interlibrary Loan an Article
When researching your topic, you may find materials you are interested in that are not available full-text. Click on the Find It @ DeWitt link to access full-text from another database or request the article from Interlibrary Loan.
Another window will pop up with an option to request the material from Interlibrary Loan:
The Borrow this Item from Another Library link will direct you to the Interlibrary Loan login page. Enter your Northwestern network username and password, then click Sign In. The request form will be populated with your article information and then click Submit Request.