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Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department, located just past the Information Desk, is a free service that works to acquire requested material from other libraries for short term loans.

We have upgraded our Inter-Library Loan system to the new WorldShare ILL. Your library account information has been transferred to WorldShare. To make the transition seamless, in the new WorldShare ILL, your A-State email address will be your username and as a one time process you will have to reset your password. Thank you for your support.

If you have already reset the password, please use the following button to login to the new WorldShare ILL system.


Frequently Asked Questions about ILL

What can be requested?

We will not process requests for textbooks that are currently being used in classes on campus.

All varieties of library material can be requested, including books, abstracts, dissertations, videos, CDs, microfilms, and periodicals. All loans are subject to availability and the terms set by the lending institution. However, items such as abstracts, dissertations, and videos are rarely circulated via interlibrary loans.

How do I place a request?

From Library Website or the Online Catalog

To request material, follow the instructions above to log into WorldShare ILL. Select the request form for the item you want to borrow (choose book, article, or other) and enter as much information as you can about the item. The staff at the Information Services Desk can assist in locating information on your request that you are unable to find. Be sure to include as much information about your requested material as possible.

From a FirstSearch Database

From the Library Databases page, choose one of the FirstSearch databases (look under vendor to determine which databases are offered by FirstSearch). Search for your requested material using the search tools. Once you have found the item you want, click on it and a split page will appear with several icons at the middle of the page and on the left side. Click on the ILL icon and fill out and submit the form that appears.

The information will be transferred to a review file where we can determine if AState owns it or not and order it for you. If AState owns it, the program should tell you before it sends it to the review file. You may check the online catalog from there also and determine if we do or do not own the item. If there is any problem with your request, you will be notified by email. Be sure to include an email address when filling out the form. We will notify you by email when the item/s arrive.

When and where do I pick up my requested material?

Requested materials can be picked up at the Circulation Desk after it arrives. The average request for a book takes about 5-10 days. Articles usually take 3-5 days. If an article is sent electronically it will be sent to your AState email account.

Can I renew items on ILL?

If a renewal is needed contact the Interlibrary Loan office and we will request it from the lender. Online renewals are not valid

Where do I return items?

ILL materials should be returned to the circulation desk. Please do not put in the drop box.

Our Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

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New Book Requests

Need something that the library currently doesn't have? Our Acquisitions Department is glad to help. Visit their page to learn how to request materials for library to purchase.

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Copyright Policy

Dean B. Ellis Library and the Resource Sharing and Document Delivery Department does recognize and abide by copyright law as specified in Title 17 of the U.S. Code.