Interlibrary Loan (ILL) User's Guide

Learn more about Interlibrary Loan and how it can help you!


Please bear with ILL staff as they process your requests. Many Universities and Libraries have scaled back their staff presences as a result of COVID-19. This is causing a delayed response time to orders and some items may be unavailable completely. We will continue to work with you to get you the research you need. Thank you!

Introduction to Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan serves to connect library patrons to more information in more ways.

  • ILL can borrow books, articles, music, and other materials from other libraries for an SHSU patron to use.
  • ILL can deliver SHSU library materials digitally or physically for patrons who cannot visit the physical library.
  • ILL can deliver materials directly to faculty offices on campus, to assist busy faculty.

To use ILL, you must know what resource you need. If you need help determining what to request, library personnel at Reference can assist in locating the information needed to complete a request and/or determining if the material may already be available in or accessed through the Library.

Before you place a request, please check our library catalog to see if the resource you are looking for is available at SHSU in print, online, or on Reserve. Also please note that the following types of resources are usually not available through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Course-related textbooks
  • Reference books
  • Recently published or acquired books
  • Very old or rare books
  • Bound volumes of periodicals

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