Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
is a service offered to patrons who
are unable to find certain books or articles
through Blackwell Library or other USMAI Libraries.
Library staff may be able to request these items if they are
by libraries across the United States.
Types of Materials you may
- Theses and Dissertations
- Articles (journals/magazines/newspapers)
- Book Chapters
access database) is a
for requesting materials that are not available
Note: due to a server update, you
now have to have a username and password to access ILLiad.
Username: 14 digit barcode on the
back of your GullCard
Password: Last Name (Try multiple versions: SMITH,
smith, or Smith)
Features of ILLiad include:
- Register just once, and
your information is automatically saved for all future requests
- Access your account 24/7
- View and track your requests through the web
- View checked out items
- View current and past
requests including citations and tracking data
- Items requested using
button in the library catalog or online
databases in ResearchPort are forwarded automatically into
ILLiad (no more copying information!)
The first time you access
you will need to register:
- A one-time registration form must be submitted before requests
can be made.
- Requests for items that are owned by Blackwell Library or within the
USMAI catalog will be canceled.
- If you are unable to register, please stop by the Circulation
Desk or call (410) 677-5478.
For Book Requests:
- Have you checked the
Library Catalog and completed a multi-campus search?
SU faculty, staff and students can
place their own electronic requests
through the USMAI catalog if another USMAI library has the
title available for lending (see
If the book cannot be located
in the Library Catalog, submit a request through
For Article Requests (Journal/Magazine/Newspaper):
- Have you checked the Library Catalog to see if we
own the periodical title?
- While searching within
an SU database, have you clicked on the yellow 'Find It' button to
see if it is available in any other database that SU provides access
journal/magazine/newspaper is not available at SU in print and cannot be
located in full-text in
submit a request through ILLiad.
For more information or assistance:
Please contact Access Services at
vs. Direct Borrowing
Borrowing (Patron Placed Holds)
You may request items through the ILLiad form.
You may request the item
directly through the USMAI Catalog.
Materials are requested from a library outside the
USMAI Consortium (within the U.S.)
requested from USMAI Libraries only.
Materials may take longer to get to Blackwell
Library. The average turn-around time for
articles is 3-5 business days, for books it is up to 1-2
weeks. Hard to locate materials may take even
||Materials get to
Blackwell Library within 3-5 business days.
one-time online registration form must be completed
before a request can be submitted (your registration
information is validated against your library
required, but you will need to authenticate with
your Gull Card 14-digit ID/barcode number.
There may be an occasional
charge, but only if the lending library charges us.
||All materials are free.