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Request Materials from Other Libraries: Interlibrary Loan

Can't find what you need at the Jim Dan Hill Library? Request materials from other libraries.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

An Interlibrary Loan (ILL) takes place when an item is borrowed from another library in order to fill a patron's request for materials not owned by the Jim Dan Hill Library. Books, videos, DVDs, theses, and other materials may be borrowed via ILL. In the case of non-circulating items, like periodical articles, the lending library either photocopies or sends an electronic article, which the patrons generally do not have to return.

Who May Order

Interlibrary Loan services are available to all UW-Superior students, staff, faculty, and emeriti. Other patrons should contact their local public library for ILL services.

How to Request

Before using ILL services, check the Online Catalog to see if the Jim Dan Hill Library or another library in the UW System has the material you are looking for. You can use the catalog to search for any type of material, including articles and journals.

If another library in the UW System has the item, use Resource Sharing instead of ILL to request the item.

If the item cannot be located in the UW System you can login to your Interlibrary Loan Account to place a request.

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Notification & Tracking

Patrons will be notified via campus email when the requested material is received. The email will indicate the method you need to use to obtain the item. It is your responsibility to pick up materials from the Public Services Desk or download download electronically received articles in a timely manner. Distance Learning students should reply to this notification email with a request to have the materials shipped to their home address.

You can track an ILL request by login to your Interlibrary Loan Account and checking your outstanding requests. If the request has not arrived in a reasonable amount of time, contact ILL staff. Most ILL items are received within one week. Articles can arrive much more quickly.

Renew Materials

To renew items borrowed from libraries other than UW Libraries, login to your Interlibrary Loan Account and click "Renewal" on the left. You can also contact the Interlibrary Loan Office.

Restrictions & Borrowing Agreement

All requests must be in compliance with copyright law and fair use.

The Jim Dan Hill Library reserves the right to refuse requests as necessary.

When borrowing through ILL you are borrowing from the lending library, not the Jim Dan Hill Library. The Jim Dan Hill Library is only facilitating the transaction of the item. The lending library sets the terms of use on loaned items and can recall the item at any moment. Any fines or fees incurred through damage, loss, or other circumstance of the item will be forwarded to the borrowing patron and an academic hold placed on the patron’s account until the fines or fees are paid.

Interlibrary Loan services follow all relevant local, state, national, and international laws. Wisconsin law treats theft or intent to steal library materials as a punishable offense.

Copyright Notice

Copyright restrictions only allow us to borrow five articles from the same journal each year, if the articles were published in the last five years. You will be notified if any of your requests go over the limit. Please Ask a Librarian if you would like assistance finding alternative resources.


PDF copies of articles and book chapters will be deleted 30 days after delivery to your ILL account. Please download and save all articles promptly.


Questions or concerns regarding Interlibrary Loans should be directed to the Interlibrary Loan Office:

  • via email,
  • by phone at 715-394-8569, or
  • in person at JDH Room 154.

You may also contact the Public Services Supervisor, Jade Jensen:

  • via email,
  • by phone at (715) 394-8130, or
  • in person at the Public Services Desk.

Policy last revised July 18, 2016.