Interlibrary Loan Tips

By , October 19, 2006 5:31 pm

Following these tips can speed up the turnaround time for Interlibrary Loan Processing. What this means is Butler students, faculty, and staff can get books and articles sent to the Butler campus much quicker.

  • Obtaining an ILLIAD Account.
    • The home library should be selected with care
      Selection of home library should be determined by field of study, not
      the class hosting the instruction session.  A change to home library after
      an ILLIAD account is set is not encouraged.  Tracking requests after
      changes to home library is very difficult.  Rule of thumb: Science majors should generally select the Science Library and Liberal arts should  select Irwin Library.

    • When creating a User Profile to obtain an ILLIAD account, you MUST use your Butler email
      address.  No other email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail) will be recognized.
  •  Filing 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 whenever

    • Check the Butler Library Catalog
      and journal holdings in the Citation Linker before filing any ILL requests

      Databases are not always accurate in reflecting our 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.  From the postage to send material to and from BU to the cost to paying
      copyright fees, a book or article may be as much as $30-$50.  When someone
      orders material and then never picks it 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 most libraries will not loan them.
  •  Renewing ILL Requests.

    • ILL materials can be renewed through your Interlibrary Loan Account. To log-on click on the ILLIAD link. Once in your account select VIEW/RENEW, and follow the directions.  Bookmarks detailing this
      information are inserted in each loan.  Not all ILL materials are
      renewable.  It is at the discretion of the lending library.  Renewals
      must be requested 3-5 days before the due date.
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