Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Interlibrary Loan is provided for current Butler
University students, faculty, emeriti faculty and staff to obtain
materials NOT owned by Butler University Libraries from other
libraries or commercial document suppliers in the continental
United States. The Interlibrary Loan office is
NOT a document delivery or photocopying service for students,
staff, or faculty.
Before you submit an Interlibrary Loan request, you
Login to ILLiad,
our InterLibrary Loan system
- to submit requests
- to check the status of your requests
- to retrieve articles
- to request renewals for Interlibrary Loans
Note: If you have any questions, please
Interlibrary Loan Tips
Following these tips can speed up the turnaround time for
Interlibrary Loan Processing.
Obtaining an ILLiad
- The home library should be selected with care. Selection of
home (Irwin or Science) library should be determined by field of
study. This will be where you pick up any items that do not come in
the electronic format.
- When submitting a User Profile to obtain an ILLiad Interlibrary
Loan account, always list a Butler email address.
Butler email is the official communicating tool used by the
University. No other email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail,
Gmail, etc.) will be accepted.
- All documents are delivered electronically. When selecting
Electronic Delivery, yes or no, always choose yes.
an ILL Request
- File ILL requests directly from an electronic database (World
Cat, EBSCO, etc.) whenever possible. This limits mistakes made in
entering information into the request. Use the SFX Find It! button
- Check the Butler Library Catalog and journal holding in the
Citation Linker before filing any ILL requests. Databases do not
always accurately reflect Butlers holdings.
- Be discriminating when it comes to requesting items through
ILL. Even though students, graduate students, staff and faculty are
not charged for the Interlibrary Loan Service, it can be very
costly. When someone orders materials and then never picks them up,
or orders needlessly, it jeopardizes the standard of keeping this
service free to all users.
- Please limit the number of dissertations you request. Often
there is only one copy available and many libraries will not
circulate that copy through ILL.
- Most journal articles usually arrive within 3-4 days but can
take longer, depending on the lending library. Loans of books
or other physical materials normally take up to 14 days to arrive;
again, the length of time is determined by the shipping method of
the lending library.
Renewing ILL Requests
Interlibrary Loan Policies
Interlibrary Loan Fees
The library absorbs all the costs connected with borrowing
material through ILL. However, if a book is overdue for more than
one month, the borrower will be expected to pay replacement costs
for the book. Patrons are also responsible for all charges
resulting in damaged or lost materials.
Interlibrary Loans to
Interlibrary Loan materials may not be placed on Reserve.
Lending libraries set their own loan periods (usually 3-4
weeks). All loans must be returned by the due date or renewed date.
Turning items in late jeopardizes Butler's borrowing relationship
with other libraries. Failure to return loans on time can
result in being blocked from using ILLiad, or being blocked from
using Butler University libraries.