How do I request books, DVDs, microfilm, articles, etc. from other libraries through interlibrary loan?

If an item is not available through the UCA Library, UCA students, faculty, and staff can request it through interlibrary loan (ILL). Students can request when currently enrolled and classes are in session, and faculty or staff can request items at any time. The last semester day for students to request books or other physical items is posted on our interlibrary loan website

Quick Facts:

  • On average, physical items arrive in 7-12 days, whereas electronic items such as articles may be available in 2-4 days. 
  • Books or DVDS ready for your use can be checked out in-person at the Circulation Desk or scheduled for contactless locker delivery.
  • Items can sometimes take longer due to availability, shipping, and the location of the lending library.
  • Status updates are available in your library account. If you have questions or concerns, please email the ILL Office at ill@uca.edu.

Getting started

  1. Visit our interlibrary loan website, and log into your library account using your myUCA username and password. The Interlibrary Loan FAQs on the ILL website include helpful introductory information.
  2. We would suggest starting your research on the UCA Library website in order to find quality resources in an efficient way. You will discover items available through the UCA Library, as well as items to request from other libraries using the convenient Request Document Delivery or Interlibrary Loan button. Requests submitted through our library website take full advantage of the system’s capabilities, and may be received faster than manual requests. A Discovery search bar is provided on the library website front page, or you can search in specific databases through our A-Z Databases.
  3. If you know the item you want to request, use the Discovery search bar on our library website to find the article or book title. For detailed search instructions, view How to use Discovery to find a book. If the item isn’t available through our library, then click to expand your search to Libraries Worldwide
  4. Once you’ve located the article or book title with the correct year/citation information, click on the title and then click on the Request Document Delivery or Interlibrary Loan button. This will save you time, as the citation information will fill in automatically and then you can just click submit.

icon to Request Document Delivery or Interlibrary Loan

  1. If the item isn’t searchable on the library website, access your library account and click the CREATE REQUEST button at the right. Manually enter the item information (title, author, journal title, publication date, etc.) and submit the request. If you need additional citation information, search the title at the website Worldcat.

Please note:

  • We encourage you to continue to allow email notifications, as that's how you will know requested items are available. 
  • For hard-to-find books or monographs, the library's Worldcat database provides additional search options. You can still click to Request via Interlibrary Loan and fill in citation information automatically. This database is also accessible through our library website's A-Z Databases icon.
Librarian Tip: Before starting your researching, log into your library account so that you can easily make requests if needed. 

  • Last Updated Aug 06, 2021
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