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What is interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service by which our library will borrow material you need from another library. Items not available through our collection may be requested through ILL.


How long does ILL take?

Please allow approximately ONE WEEK for receipt of copies and TWO WEEKS for receipt of loans. Many items may arrive quicker, while items available at fewer libraries may take longer to obtain.


How long do I get to keep ILL materials?

  • Due dates are set by the lending library and range from 1 - 8 weeks
  • Renewal requests should be made before the due date
  • Renewals may or may not be granted by the lending library
  • Journal articles are yours to keep; it is not necessary to return them

How many books or articles can I get?

As many items per semester as needed to complete your research; however, there is a weekly limit of 10 requests. If you need to make additional requests, please contact the ILL Coordinator or a librarian.


Do I need to know which libraries have the item I want?

No. While this information may be helpful, you do not need to know which libraries have the item you are requesting. We try to borrow items from the closest libraries in order to obtain items quickly; however, we also must avoid burdening any one library with our requests.


Who can use ILL?

Current VWC students, faculty, and staff

(ILL service is not available to VWC alumni and non-VWC library guests.)


Not enough time for ILL?

If you no longer have enough time to wait for an ILL item to arrive, consider these resources:


How do I submit an ILL request?

Our library uses ILLiad to process all interlibrary loan requests.

ILLiad allows you to manage all of your ILL requests in one secure location. You can check the status of your active ILL requests and view your previous requests. ILLiad also eliminates the need for you to provide your personal information with each request.

Click HERE to access ILLiad.

Click on 'First Time Users' to create your ILLiad account.

(ILLiad will not automatically recognize your VWC credentials. You will need to register for an account.)


FACULTY: Would you like to recommend the item for purchase?

Faculty: If you would like to suggest the library purchase the item you need, please complete our Purchase Suggestion form instead of submitting an interlibrary loan request. If the item you need is a recent publication (within the past two years), the library may be able to obtain a copy at a better price through our Acquisitions Department.


Does VWC's library have the item I need?

Before submitting a request, please verify that our library does not have the item.

Looking for a book, CD, DVD, or video? Search our online catalog.

Looking for an article? Search Journal Finder. Search for the journal title (not the article title) in which the article you need is located. You will see all of our full-text holdings for that title. Click the hyperlink for the appropriate online database or look for the print copy in the library.

If you are unable to locate the print copy of a journal or magazine in the library, please speak with a library staff member. Some of our print periodicals are stored upstairs. We will be happy to retrieve the volume(s) you need.


What can be borrowed through ILL?

What can I borrow through ILL?

  • Most books and journal articles
  • Most dissertations and audio-visual materials

While we try to accommodate all requests, the following items are difficult to obtain or not available through ILL:

  • Entire issues of journals, magazines, and newspapers
  • Electronic books (e-books)
  • Current textbooks
  • Reference books
  • Genealogy materials
  • Standardized test preparation materials
  • Video games, board games
  • Archives, special collections, rare/fragile items, and unique materials that would be difficult to replace


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Research Librarian

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Stephen Leist
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Hofheimer Library
Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Dr
Norfolk VA 23502
College & Major:
Univ. of Kentucky-M.L.S.; Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison-M.A.; Furman University-B.A. History

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