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Almost all our library databases are setup so that you can order articles and book from ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan) directly from a search result. Request articles, books, and other content from libraries around the world. You can use this link to ILLiad to setup your account, modify your contact information or check on the status of your requests. Articles are delivered online, books are held at the Library Circulation Desk.
Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (ILL) service is available to current Ship students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
It is often easier to place an ILL request directly from a search result in a database. Look for the "Check Availability" link near the article you're looking for. If the Check Availability pages list no online access:
Click the "ILLiad" link near the bottom of the Journal Linker page
When the ILLiad login page pops up, log in to ILLiad
Check the article data imported into ILLiad
Click "Submit" to send your request
If you have a citation in hand, please check to see if the library has access to your article before requesting it via ILL.
When we don't have the item you need, it is usually easiest to place an ILL request directly from a search result in a database. WorldCat searches across library collections worldwide and links to ILLiad for items not owned by Lehman Library.
Remember to check the type of item. For example, if you want books:
The left column offers a limit by format function, just click "Books"
Click the title of the item you want
If the pages says "This item isn't held in your library"
Click "Request this item via Interlibrary Loan." *Remember* if there are only a few copies of a book listed in WorldCat, we will probably be unable to borrow that book for you.
For books, videos and other items not available using the services listed above, please request directly through ILLiad.
WorldCat should match up with the Library Catalog. If you are interested, doublecheck the Library Catalog to confirm whether or not Ship Library owns a physical copy of an item.
ILLiad sequentially asks up to 15 libraries that own the item to loan it to us for you. Each library has four days to respond before the request is transferred to the next library.
Undergraduate students: 10 active requests
Graduate students: 20 active requests
Faculty: 35 actve requests
Faculty Emeriti, Retired Staff and SU Foundation Staff: 5 active requests
A request is considered "active" until the item is delivered to the library. If you need to place more requests than these, please consult with a librarian at the Information Desk before submitting your requests.
Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (ILL) service is available to current Ship students, faculty, staff, and administrators. ILL requests are managed in a web-based application named ILLiad.
Loan periods are set by the lending library. Only one renewal may be requested; the library which loaned us the book makes the final determination on renewals. You may request a renewal of an ILL book from 5 days before through 5 days after it is due back to the library.
From 5 days before until 5 days after due date
Log in to ILLiad
On the left menu click on "Physical Items Received"
Click on the title of the item to be renewed
At the top upper left, click on "Renew Request"
The system will issue a TEMPORARY due date. Check status after 2-3 days to see assigned due date from lending institution.
If you need to return your ILL items, please drop them off in person or mail them to the library. Mailing costs are the student's responsibility. The library's address is as follows:
1871 Old Main Dr
Shippensburg, PA 17257
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United State Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified condition is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
Shippensburg University libraries’ interlibrary loan services are provided to all students, faculty, and staff to support their educational and research needs, as well as for limited personal enrichment. Interlibrary loan resources are available to supplement resources already available at the Lehman and Luhrs libraries, and to supplement the required readings already assigned and purchased by students for their courses.
Some things we can't do
Shippensburg University libraries will not knowingly order any edition of a required textbook through interlibrary loan, and interlibrary loan does not request the same title more than once, in the same semester, for the same student (outside of the standard renewal request procedures) without permission from a faculty librarian. Excessive and exorbitant use of the interlibrary loan system for personal use may lead to ILL request rejection for requests not of educational nature.
Some additional guidelines
Faculty Emeritus, Retired Staff, and SU Foundation Staff may request up to five items on Interlibrary Loan at a time. For assistance, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Staff at 477-1462 or email the ILL department at: email@example.com