Borrow the Materials You Need
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) supports the research and scholarly activities of University of Mary students, faculty, and staff by requesting research material not owned by the Welder Library from other lending libraries. Nearly all media including print, eBooks, and periodicals are available by request through ILL.
Step by Step Guide
Welder Library is a member of the Central Dakota Library Network consortium. This allows you to borrow books from other area libraries. Please allow 2-7 business days for your ILL requests to be fulfilled.
How to register for an ILL account in ILLiad
- Log into ILLiad as a first time user.
- Follow the instructions and click on “First Time Users Click Here.”
- Fill out the registration form. Only off campus students and faculty must provide their mailing address. When finished, click “Submit Information.”
How to make an ILL request from an EBSCO database
- Log into the database with your UMary email address and password. If you are having trouble logging in, you will need to contact the OIT Help Desk as this is a problem with your UMary email login.
- Choose the database you would like to use. Please note that only EBSCOhost databases are linked to Interlibrary Loan. “Academic Search Ultimate” is the most commonly used.
- Enter your keywords. In your search results, you might see results that note HTML Full Text and PDF Full Text are available to view. These articles are ready for you to use. If you see the “Request this item” link, you will need to request the article through Interlibrary Loan before you can view it.
- When you click on the “Request this item” link, the program will automatically prompt you to login to your ILLiad account.
- Once you have logged in, the Interlibrary Loan article form will be automatically filled out for you. The more information you provide, the quicker our team will be able to find your article and have it sent to you. Review the information and click “Submit Request.”
How to make an ILL request for an article or book
- Log into your account.
- Click on “Article” or “Book” under New Request.
- Fill out the appropriate request form. Click “Submit Request” when you have completed the form.
Downloading your electronically received articles
- Once another library receives your request and processes it, you will receive a PDF of your article through ILL. You will be notified of this via your UMary email. Within this email, click the link and sign into your ILL account.
- Click “Electronically Received Articles” on the left side of your screen.
- Click “View” to view the PDF and save the PDF to your computer. (NOTE: You will only have 30 days to download the PDF. After 30 days, it will expire in your ILL account. However, once you download it, you will have it forever.)
Renewing loaned books
- When your book is close to being due, you will receive an email reminding you of the due date. Click the link under “TO RENEW YOUR REQUEST” and login to your ILL account.
- Click “Checked Out Items” on the left side of your screen.
- Click the specific transaction number of the book you would like to renew, and click “Renew Request” at the top.
If your request was cancelled
- If you get an email indicating that your request has been cancelled by ILL staff, there are still a couple of things you can do to locate the article. First, ensure you have cited it correctly in the Article Request Form. It could be the case that library staff could not locate the article you requested because it was cited incorrectly.
- Use a search engine like Google to see if your article is published anywhere else like a research database that is free to use.
- If the citation of the article you found did not come from one of the databases that UMary students have access to, try searching our databases. You may find a Full Text PDF.
Watch this tutorial to learn how to set up an interlibrary loan account in ILLiad, the Welder Library interlibrary loan portal.
Ask a Librarian
Welder Librarians are here to provide research and reference assistance to students. Research and reference assistance for students consists of direction to library materials, advice on library collections and services, and expertise on finding multiple kinds of information from multiple sources.