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Checking Things Out: Requesting Physical Items

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

Finding And Requesting Items Using ILL

If you can't find what you need in the Galvin Library catalog or through I-SHARE, you can search the WorldCat catalog to find your item in libraries worldwide.

Create a new request by logging into MyILL with your IIT login credentials. You can also use this service to locate and request journal articles from other libraries, as well as theses or dissertations owned by the Galvin Library.

Follow this guide for detailed steps on how to discover and request books.

Loan Periods & Renewals

  • Loan periods and renewals for interlibrary loan items are determined by the owning library.
    • Please log in to your MyILL account to request a renewal on your ILL loan.
    • Please request a renewal at least one week before the item's due date.
    • You will receive emailed notifications of upcoming due dates or overdue items.
  • Sometimes, an item may need to be returned before the due date; this is called a recall. Recalled and overdue ILL items must be promptly returned to the library.
  • Fines and fees assessed by the owning library for overdue or replacement items are the responsibility of the borrowing patron.
  • Not returning interlibrary loan items promptly may result in a loss of library privileges.


  • Please include any accompanying paperwork with all ILL returns.
  • Those who return damaged interlibrary loan materials will be responsible for replacement costs of the items.
  • Do not mark the books -- this includes highlighting, underlining, underscoring and writing on any pages.
  • Do not bend pages, or remove pages from books.
  • Do not staple, tape or otherwise attach items to (or into) interlibrary loan materials.Audio/visual materials require extra care - discs (CDs, DVDs, etc.) can be scratched, and cases cracked.
  • Food and beverage stains cause damages to materials.
  • All pieces of multi-part sets (i.e.: books with CDs, multi-volume sets, etc) must be returned before the materials are sent back to the owning library to avoid damage fees.