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Books and Other Loans

Once you have found the title you need in WorldCat, click the title to find out how to request the item and if a copy is available online.   


If USMAI Libraries own the item, you may request the item through the "Request It" button for a faster response time and longer lending period.  

If none of the USMAI Libraries own the item, you can use the “Request Item through InterLibrary Loan” button instead. 

Click on "Request Item through InterLibrary Loan" button. 



You will be prompted to select your affiliation.



Once you have selected your affiliation, you must sign in using one of the options below:

1. If you are a student, faculty, staff, research affiliate, or retired faculty/staff, you will use your directory ID and password. 

2. If you are a joint borrower, you will use your library barcode and last name. 



Citation information is directly imported from WorldCat, but you should fill in the remaining bibliographic information that is provided in the item record.  ALWAYS include a “Not Wanted After Date”.  Please adjust the "Not Wanted After Date" that is autofilled if the date provided does not reflect your needs.

You are strongly encouraged to use the Notes field for specifics not found on the form.  For instance, please specify which volume(s) you need if you are requesting from a multi-volume set, or if you are requesting a music score, please include which parts. 



Once you’ve completed the form, click "Submit".  The current status of the item you requested will now display.  This is the outstanding loan request.  You will be notified via email once your book is ready for pick-up or your article is ready to be downloaded.



You may track the progress of your request within your ILL Services Account.  This is the same account you used to place the ILL request; but it is a different account from "My Account".  Access your ILL Services Account by going to ILL Services Account or by clicking on Interlibrary Loan on the Libraries’ homepage.

It is recommended to check on your request 1-2 weeks after submitting it if you have not yet been notified via email of its delivery.  The “Outstanding Requests” link in the left navigation menu in you ILL Services Account will show you the requests that have not yet been made available to you.  The status reveals where in the process the request currently stands, and by clicking on the transaction number you can view the request’s history. If you are uncertain what each status means, you may find the explanation in Ask Us