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If the library doesn't own this book or article, can I get a copy? How do I request interlibrary loan?


Interlibrary loan allows you to request books and articles from other libraries. LMU offers interlibrary loan services through ILLiad. Interlibrary loan services are free and available to LMU current students, staff, and faculty. These services are not available to some patrons, like visitors or alumni - please talk with a librarian to investigate other options.


A great way to get articles and scans of book chapters quickly. It is also possible to request physical books, though we may not be able to mail them to your home like LMU books. Articles requested through ILLiad generally arrive within five business days (depending on availability), and you'll receive a PDF in your ILLiad account. Books requested through ILLiad may take some time to arrive, see more information.

Other options

If you're not near LMU, there are still options to access books in some cases. For book chapters or articles, follow the steps above under ILLiad.

  • If you're in the U.S. or Canada, and/or not near a Link+ library: WorldCat allows you to search for libraries that have a specific book or journal. While some libraries have limits on who can come into their libraries, others allow visitors to read or copy materials without checking them out. Sometimes, this can be a faster option than interlibrary loan, if you're able to travel to that library. Make sure to check with the library about their policies before visiting. 

Need more help?

Check out the Borrow from Another Library page for more information or contact a librarian through chat, phone, or at the Information Desk. 

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