Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) via ILLiad
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 ILB requests and check on, renew, and retrieve requested electronic documents (MIT only)
Is ILB/ILLiad the best way to get non-MIT materials I need?
- Be sure to Search Our Collections to confirm the item is not available at MIT.
- ILLiad/ILB and Borrow Direct (BD partner libraries, like Harvard, Yale, etc.) are the options for requesting physical materials.
- ILLiad/ILB is the only option for requesting articles and book chapters. Fill out the form, or if you are already in an article database such as Web of Science, look for the “Get this – MIT” button or link – if no full text is available, it will present an ILLiad option and then insert the basic citation information automatically into the form (please add any additional information you have about the item).
- You can also Suggest a purchase to request e-version or print versions be added to the MIT collections.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.