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Interlibrary Loan

updated May, 2020

Case Law Students, Faculty, and Staff 

How long does it take? You should plan ahead and allow two to three weeks for obtaining material you request through Interlibrary Loan. Although we can often get material more quickly, you should not depend on having it sooner. We will make every attempt to obtain a copy of the requested item. Sometimes it is difficult to borrow certain categories of material, such as reference books, AV materials, very new books, or very old or fragile materials. We may also be unable to locate the item at any library. If we must make repeated requests, or if we cannot obtain the material you requested, we will notify you.

first time users must set up an account


The first time you access the Illiad Interlibrary System, you will need to follow the “First-Time Users” link to supply essential information about yourself, such as your name, address, and email address.etc. Without this information, we will NOT be able to send you notices when your requested material arrives, post electronic material to our server for your use, or grant you access to your previous requests. You will have to supply this information only once. In the future, once you have logged on, the system will recognize you. You will also be able to edit your information

Circulation Rules (Generally)

Articles that will be placed in the requestor’s mailbox do not need to be returned.

May I renew ILL materials?

The lending library sets the renewal policy. If an item is renewable, you may request an extension through your Iliad account prior to the due date. Renewals are granted or denied by the lending library, not by CWRU staff. You may keep the materials until you receive a response to your renewal request.

How much does it cost?

There is no fee for routine requests made by CWRU students, staff or faculty.

What if I need the entire volume of a periodical?

Although it is usually easy for us to obtain photocopies of specific articles, most libraries do not lend entire issues or volumes of periodicals. We will try to request them but cannot guarantee success.