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Use this guide to learn more about requesting items not owned by the Charles J. Meder Library
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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About ILL

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that lets current students and staff borrow items from other libraries FOR FREE

Articles, books, media or other loans are generally requested when a database (such as Academic Search Premier and ScienceDirect) does not contain the full text of the article or we don't own a copy of the item.


Need Help?

If you need assistance in locating or requesting an item, please contact the Library Reference Desk at 585-785-1432.


How long does it take?

Interlibrary loan is quicker than you may think, but there are several factors to consider:

(Can we send the document electronically or does it have to go through the mail?)

(How many other libraries have the article or loan you're requesting?)

(Is someone available at each campus to process your item?)

Given these factors, the goal return time for an article is a few days (but can sometimes take longer) and books is within two weeks.



ILL Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request an item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
The Meder Library has implemented a new Interlibrary Loan system, ILLiad, that allows you to directly submit requests from our research databases for books and articles we don't own. The first time you use this system to submit a request, you’ll be prompted to login to ILLiad, and will need to set up an ILLiad account before you can submit your request. You do this by clicking on the First Time Users link.
You can also set up your ILLiad account in advance by clicking on the link on the library homepage for ILLiad - Interlibrary Loan -- and then clicking on the First Time Users link.)

How do I request a book via ILLiad?
• From the library homepage ( we suggest you click on "Search Other Catalogs & New Book List", then choose "Library Catalogs Worldwide (OCLC WorldCat)".
• If you do a search on the last name of the Author and the first part of the Title of a book in FirstSearch WorldCat, you will usually find the title you want.
• If you look at the section for GET THIS ITEM when looking at a particular item, you’ll see a link to “Request item from ILLiad”. Clicking on this link will take you to the ILLiad login screen.
•You can then set up your account if you haven’t already done so (“First Time Users Click Here to Create Your Account”); or login if you already have set up your account.
• Once your account is set up, when you submit a request using “Request item from ILLiad”, and then log in to ILLiad, all the necessary information about the item you’re requesting will be automatically added to the ILLiad request form, and you can just tell it to “Submit Request”. This is the best way to be sure we are getting the information we need to get the book you want.
• You can also manually enter information about the title you want after directly logging into ILLiad, but this is a less reliable method in terms of being sure we have the information we need.

How do I request an article via ILLiad?
The process to request an article in ILLiad is very similar to that for books:
• When you attempt to request an article through one of the Library Research Databases, you will first be directed to Serials Solutions Article Linker (to see if the full text of the article is available in another database).
• If it isn’t available in another database, when you click on the link to request the article from interlibrary loan, you will then be directed to the ILLiad logon page. Proceed as with book requests.

How will I know when my item has arrived?
You will be notified by email when your item has arrived. Items may be picked up at the Circulation/Reserve Desk. Please bring your library card to sign items out.

How long can I keep an Interlibrary Loan item?
The lending library decides how long you can keep the item.  If the item is a photocopy of an article, it is yours to keep. The due date will be clearly marked on all items.

How do I get help using ILLiad if I need it?
If you need help with this process, call (585 785-1432) or stop by the library Reference Desk.

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Sarah Moon
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Charles J. Meder Library
Finger Lakes Community College
3325 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424

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Wally Babcock
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Finger Lakes Community College
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