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Distance Library Services: Getting articles and more

for distance students

Interlibrary Loan Tutorial

Check out the new interactive tutorial on Interlibrary Loan!


Follow the step by step instruction to set up your ILL account if you don't have one already. Also, please make sure you mark you are a distance student and select your major from the department list

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Access articles on your topic by searching in general or subject-specific databases. You can access the databases from the A-Z Database List or from specific research guides created for your discipline or a particular course.  Articles are often available online in full-text format. However, if you don't find the fulltext of the article that you are looking for or need an article that is from a print journal located in Library, you can always request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

If we have the journal/magazine/book physically in the SU Libraries, we will scan the article or the chapter you need and send it to you. This is a service for our distance students only. So it is imperative that you identify yourself as a distance student on the form.

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Here's more information about Interlibrary Loan:           

Getting started with Interlibrary Loan​

Here are the basic differences between ILL and Direct Borrowing/Patron Placed Hold


Interlibrary Loan  Direct Borrowing (aka Patron Placed Hold)

1. You request the item via the ILL page

ILL Login screenshot

1.  You request the item directly from the USMAI catalog

2. Materials can be requested from any library outside the USMAI consortium

2. Books are requested from the USMAI libraries only

3. Materials may take longer to get to Library. The average turnaround time:

a. for articles2-7 days

b. for books 1-2 weeks

Hard to locate materials may take longer

3. Materials get to the Library within 3-5 days approximately

4. A one-time online registration form via ILL must be submitted before requests can be made. Login with your SU username and password.


4. No registration required but you will  login with SU username and password

5. There may be occasional charges if the lending library charges us, however we notify you first to see if you are willing to pay for the materials




5. Free