Answered By: Linda Neyer
Last Updated: Dec 02, 2015     Views: 27

If Andruss Library does now have an item you want, you may request to borrow it from other libraries through a service called interlibrary loan. Please note that Andruss Library may not request materials that it owns; any requests for material held by Andruss Library will be returned to you.

Here are the steps to request books or articles through interlibrary loan:

For journal, magazine, or newspaper articles:

1) Check the Periodical Title List first to make sure the library does not own the journal. 
2) Next, go to the Interlibrary Loan Request Form in ILLiad and log in with your HuskyID and password.
3) If you have never used ILLiad before, you will need to fill out your contact information.
4) On the form, select the type of material you need, and fill in as much information as you have.
5) You will be notified via your BU email account when the article is available, in most cases electronically.
6) Look for the Article Linker/Check Availability link from within the library databases and Google Scholar FullText@BloomU or CheckAvailability@BloomU links (must go through Library website). Article Linker/Check Availability displays the link for ILLiad if the library does not own the journal.

For books:

1) Check PILOT first to make sure the library does not own the book.
2) Search EZBorrow first to see if the book is available, using your Lib # as your patron ID. This service tends to be faster than standard interlibrary loan because the libraries participating are geographically closer.
3) If the book is not available in EZborrow then use ILLiad.
4) On the form, select the type of material you need, and fill in as much information as you have.
5) You will be notified via your BU email account when the book is available to be picked up at the Circulation Desk, 1st floor.

Further information is provided on the Interlibrary Loan page of the Andruss Library website. If you need need assistance, ask for help at the Circulation Desk or Ask A Librarian.

Off-campus/distant education users: please visit our Off-campus/distant education FAQ page for further information.

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