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Checking Things Out: Interlibrary Loan

Everything you need to know when checking out books, laptops, movies, or anything else from the Galvin Library.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is intended to support scholarly research and supplement classroom learning by providing materials that are not owned by the library or the I-Share consortium. Interlibrary Loan services are free to faculty, students, and staff of the Illinois Institute of Technology. IIT alumni may also use interlibrary loan services with their annual subscription. Textbooks cannot be borrowed through interlibrary loan, but may be on reserve.

Some materials are difficult to borrow, including but not limited to: audio/visual materials, books published prior to 1900, dissertations, maps, reference books, standardized tests and accompanying manuals.

In addition to requesting physical items from other libraries, the ILL department manages requests for journal articles, dissertations, and theses. Follow this guide for placing article requests, and visit the Dissertations/Theses page in this guide for access to these documents.

The Interlibrary Loan department will also scan physical items owned by the Galvin Library and deliver them to IIT Faculty, Staff, and Students via email as PDF documents. Learn more about the Scan and Deliver service here.

If you have questions or concerns regarding interlibrary loan services, contact the Galvin ILL staff at or call x73619 or x76888.


MyILL is your place to manage the items and articles that you have requested.

Log in with your Illinois Tech credentials. From here, you can search for material directly in WorldCat, or you can create a new request from scratch.

You can also see a list of the items that you currently have checked out through ILL and request renewals if needed.

If you have requested journal articles, you can manage your requests here, as well.