Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) via ILLiad
Requests for physical materials from Interlibrary Borrowing have been suspended until further notice. We continue to fill article and book chapter requests as we are able.
Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) is a free service that helps current MIT faculty, students, and staff access materials not available at the MIT Libraries.
Use ILLiad to make requests and check on, renew, and retrieve requested electronic documents (requires MIT Touchstone authentication):
Is ILB/ILLiad the best way to get the materials I need?
- Be sure to Search Our Collections to see if the item is available at MIT.
- Borrow Direct is currently the only option to request physical materials from other libraries. We will ship them to you (campus or US/Canadian mailing addresses only).
- You can Suggest a purchase and if an e-version is available, we’ll get it for you. We can also buy physical materials and ship them to you (campus or US/Canadian mailing addresses only).
- ILLiad is the only option for requesting articles and some book chapters. Either manually fill out the form, or if you are already in an article database such as Web of Science, look for the “Get this – MIT SFX” button or link – if it can’t connect you directly to the full text of the article, it will give you an option to go to ILLiad, and will copy and paste the basic citation information automatically into the form (but please add any additional information you have about the item into the form).
Getting help and hints for fast service
- If you are filling out the ILLiad form manually, be as complete and careful as possible so there aren’t unnecessary delays.
- Contact Ask Us! if you need reference help to fill out a citation, or to find out if we own an item.
- Contact the ILB staff if you have questions about an ILLiad request, or about our service: email@example.com, 617.253.5684.
- See the ILLiad FAQ for more detailed information.
Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) service policies
- All requests must be submitted through ILLiad in order to comply with U.S. Copyright regulations. ILB cannot accept requests via email, telephone or fax.
- ILB service is provided at no cost to current members of the MIT community.
Due to budgetary constraints, the following types of requests cannot be filled via ILB/ILLiad:
Items currently checked out to other users cannot be requested via ILB/ILLiad. Other options:
- Search MIT’s WorldCat. If you find the item and it has an option to request via Borrow Direct, this is often the quickest way to get the material.
- You may “recall” the item from the current borrower through Search Our Collections. A recall will shorten the borrowing period and reserve the item for you to borrow after it is returned.