University Libraries

Interlibrary Loan

Traditional Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) processes interlibrary loan requests made by BGSU Students, Faculty and Staff.  BGSU uses a searchable database system called ILLIAD to facilitate ILL requests.  To connect directly to ILLIAD:

If needed material is not in the BGSU or OhioLINK catalog, or it does not circulate through OhioLINK, request it through Interlibrary Loan. For articles, check the electronic journals or full text databases available through the BGSU and OhioLINK menus -- you may be able to print a full text version of the article directly to your desktop. If the article is not available in full text, request the item via ILL. 

For help, Ask-a Librarian or ask for help at any of the reference desks in the Libraries. Although similar in some ways to OhioLINK, Interlibrary Loan has separate policies and loan periods and is a much larger international library consortium.

Some key points to note for Traditional ILL borrowing:

  • Materials that BGSU owns may not be requested (even if someone else has them checked out or they are non-circulating);
  • Borrowed items may be restricted to use within the library only; loan periods are different depending on the lending institution;
  • Items may not be renewable.

*ILLiad is BGSU Libraries' online interlibrary loan request system. You can create a personal account, submit requests online, track the status of your requests, and receive email notification of arrival. Please read the ILLiad FAQ for more information.

*ILL materials can take from 2-4 weeks to arrive and sometimes take longer, depending on the lending institution. You can track the progress of your requests via ILLiad.  There is a description of the meaning of ILLiad statuses in the ILLiad FAQ.

Have a Question? Contact the University Libraries Interlibrary Loan email at or 419-372-8726.