Interlibrary Loan

Phone 515 294-8073;
Staff available by appointment; please call or email in advance.

Location: 204 Parks Library Corner of Osborn and Morrill Ames, IA 50011-2140

Use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to obtain materials that are not available in the ISU Library, including books, journal articles, microforms, dissertations and other information resources.

ILL also provides copies and loans of ISU Library material to other libraries worldwide through its lending service, and supplies library materials to individuals and organizations without libraries through its Document Delivery Service (DDS).

Order materials, pick up, renew, & return items

At any time, use the Interlibrary Loan Request form in the Library, or use Worldcat for returnable items. For more detailed information, see the How to Request instructions.

Pick up items at the Parks Library Circulation Desk or the Veterinary Medical Library any time these libraries are open.

Return items to the Parks Library Circulation Desk or Veterinary Medical Library or, when the buildings are closed, place in the outdoor book return, with the pink ILL band still in place.

Copies of documents are delivered by email as a link to a PDF document.

Request Renewals of ILL materials Renewals can be requested in your personal ILL account. Alternatively, call 515 294-8073 or email Please provide your name and ILL # (or title) of the item.

To check on status of your request, You can monitor the status of your requests in your personal ILL account.  For further questions, call 515 294-8073 or email Please provide your name and ILL # (or title) of the item.

Delivery time

  • Most requests: 1 to 7 days.
  • Copies of articles: often within 1-2 days.

If your item has not arrived in two weeks, please call 515 294-8073 or email and request a status check.

Complicating factors may extend the delivery time for any item, and the exact date of receipt can neither be predicted nor guaranteed.

Charges and payment methods

Most items can be obtained at no cost to our local users.

The cost of an ILL transaction is based on a number of variables, including the ISU Library's numerous reciprocal and consortial lending agreements. The library subsidizes each ILL request up to $30.00. If the cost of an ILL exceeds this amount, ILL staff will consult with the requestor to determine his/her willingness to pay the additional charges.

There is a flat fee of $5.00 to borrow a book or other returnable item from an international supplier outside the U.S. and Canada.

The ILL Office accepts credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover), SHAZAM, ISU intramurals, personal checks, or U-bill transactions as payment methods. All ILL fees should be paid at the Parks Library Circulation Desk.

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