Interlibrary Loan

What is ILL and who can use it?

If a needed item is unavailable at PIU, any PIU student, faculty, and staff member may request the item by Interlibrary Loan (ILL) thru the Manuel Library. Another library may be willing to provide the item, but this is not guaranteed. Physical items and digital items may be requested thru ILL.

How do I make a request?

Fill out a request HERE. Access requires a PIU Google account.

How do I get my item?

When an item is requested, the Manuel Library will attempt to obtain it. The library will contact the patron when the item arrives here. If it is a digital item, it will be emailed to the patron. If it is a physical item, it may be picked up at the library or shipped to the patron if the patron lives at least 45 minutes away from PIU.

What does it cost?

The patron must pay any monetary cost (including postage and fees) incurred in the transaction except that the library will pay the postage to ship items to patrons who live at least 45 minutes away from PIU.

What else do I need to know?

  • The lending library will specify as to when the loan item is due back, and certain items on interlibrary loan may be limited to use inside the Manuel Library.
  • The patron should allow sufficient time for the Manuel Library to return the item to the lending library by returning it to the Manuel Library by the date assigned to the patron.
  • The Manuel Library cannot handle international shipping.
  • The patron must allow the library 24 hours from the item’s arrival, not counting Saturdays and days closed, to prepare the item to ship.