Who We Are
From the Dean
Know the Libraries
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) supports the instructional, research, and
scholarly activities of
currently employed or enrolled West Lafayette faculty, staff, and
by obtaining research material (books, articles, book chapters, DVDs, microfilm, sheet music, etc.) not owned by the Purdue University
Libraries. Visitor cards do not include access to our Interlibrary Loan
services. Emeritus faculty and Official Retirees also have access to our Interlibrary Loan services. If you are unsure of your status, please contact Purdue HR.
Interlibrary Loan uses the ILLiad system for requesting materials.
Materials requested through
will also be delivered through Interlibrary Loan and uses ILLiad for
managing your requests. If you need help using the ILLiad system, please
contact our office at (765) 494-2800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UBorrow is a special search interface to use for print books not found from the
Purdue University Libraries. These print materials come from
Big Ten libraries
faster, for longer check out periods, and no recalls (unless the book is
needed for course reserve by the lending library)!
Starting Spring 2020: you no longer need to search UBorrow. Simply
place an ILL request (use the login link above) and we will search UBorrow for you.
Place your requests using the secure
ILLiad System. Active Purdue Career ID is required for login. If a Purdue Libraries
book that you need is currently checked out, you may place an
interlibrary loan request for it and we will borrow it from another
You will be notified when the material you requested is ready for
pick-up or download. The chart below outlines how your request will be
For faculty/staff, graduate students, and distance learning undergraduates (enrolled in official DL programs), you can request that we mail your ILL materials to your home. Simply choose the "Mail to Home" option in the book/media request form and we'll mail your ILL material to you (if the book isn't Library Use Only). Please make sure your ILL account information has been updated with your home address before you submit your request. Since we have to wait for the books to be shipped to us first, please expect additional delays for mailing. Shipping available to the US and Canada only. You will be responsible for return postage.
Turnaround Time depends on many variables. Here is current turnaround
time information for items requested through interlibrary loan. Please note that some requests may take longer than these averages and some only take hours.
(Delivery of locally-owned items differ. See the Document Delivery sectionfor service and eligibility details.)
ILL staff notify users of overdue material. Failure to return ILL
material on time, or to respond to a recall notice in a timely manner,
may result in the loss of ILL and/or library privileges, and may also
incur charges to cover the cost of the material plus overdue and/or
The Interlibrary Loan office complies with the U.S. copyright law and
reserves the right to refuse a copying request if, in the staff's
judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of the
The Libraries absorb the costs of most ILL transactions. In those rare
cases when there would be a cost passed on to the requester, we will ask
for your authorization in advance.
The Libraries are pleased to offer comprehensive document delivery services for currently employed West Lafayette faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and currently enrolled students. Document Delivery services include scanning from Purdue-owned print materials and processing Purdue-owned print book requests via ILLiad through your My Account page. Document Delivery turnaround times may vary from the average during holidays and breaks. For scans of journal articles/book chapters, simply log into your account (login link at the top of this page) and choose the "PDF Article/Chapter Request" form, fill out the form with your citation, and click Submit.
In addition to returns being accepted at any campus library, or via campus mail, ILL materials may also be returned to the following mailing address:
504 W State Street
If you need a pre-paid UPS label for returning your ILL materials, please contact us at 765-494-2800 or email@example.com.
You may also return your ILL materials to a NEW outdoor book return located between Academy Park and the Stewart Center docks. This book return will only be emptied Monday through Friday in the mornings, so there may be delays in returns processing.
Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
*Hours and turnaround times may vary during holidays and breaks. See above for link to hours.
We are located on the 2nd floor (room 246) of the Humanities, Social Sciences & Education Library in Stewart Center.