Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan is a service offered by Savage Library that allows library users to borrow books, media and articles not found at Savage Library or regional partner libraries. ILL library staff take your request and scour libraries worldwide to find potential lenders. 

Please check Savage Library resources before submitting an ILL request as we may have exactly what you are looking for. 

A similar, self-service feature is provided by Marmot and Prospector Colorado libraries.  Upon finding what you need, simply click on the "request it" box to input your name and library barcode number. If you have questions on this self- placed hold service, please contact a library staff member or refer to Patron Placed Holds.

ILL Borrower responsibilities:

  • Do not remove the paperwork (book strap) from your loan.
  • Return borrowed material on time and in the condition it was given to you.
  • Observe any special conditions set for use of borrowed material by the lending institution. Special instructions are indicated on the book strap and may include: a) Library Use Only; b) Photocopying Not Allowed; c) No Renewals, etc.
  • Remember: you are liable for any lost or damaged material. If you loan borrowed material to someone else, you are still responsible for getting it back to the library on-time.

ILL Frequently Asked Questions:

How does Interlibrary Loan (ILL) work?

Is interlibrary loan free?

When can I expect to receive my item(s)?

What happens if I return the material late or loose it?

Off-Campus Students - Requests for Library Materials

Off-campus students, please contact Tiffanie Wick (twick@western.edu) to discuss options for access to library held materials.