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Interlibrary Loan

About Interlibrary Loan

If you can't find what you need using the library catalog, you may borrow books, media or journal articles from libraries worldwide through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. Submit an online request by logging in to ILLiad using the link below. Plan ahead — it may take up to two weeks to obtain an item from another library through the U.S. mail. However, articles received through the ILLiad system may arrive within one or two days, or even the same day.

ILLiad Service

Interlibrary Loan is using a resource sharing management system called ILLiad. The first time you use ILLiad, you will need to complete the "Change Personal Information" form. Then you will be able to track the progress of your requests by logging in to Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).

When submitting an ILL request, you are agreeing to return all physical items to the Information Desk, to pay all fees for late, lost, or damaged Interlibrary Loan materials you request, and comply with all Interlibrary Loan policies.

How to Place an ILL Request

  1. Prior to requesting items from ILL, check to see if the item you need is available through the Biola library. Use the Library Catalog to check for books. Use Journals A to Z to search for known journal articles. If the article or book is available through one of these sources, you will not be able to order the item through the ILL service.
    1. COVID exception: We will now copy chapters and articles (within copyright limits) from books and journals held in our print collection. Please identify yourself as a distance education patron when you order your PDF.

  2. If the item you need is not available, log in to ILL (at the top of this page) with your NetID and password.
  3. Follow the directions to enter your ILL request. Submit the request when you have entered your information.
  4. The ILLiad system will notify you via email when your request is available.

    Have questions about ILL?

    Read our FAQs. For other questions, contact the Interlibrary Loan Department at (562) 903-4833, or email

    Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

    The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. 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 those specified 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.

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