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Gender & Sexuality Studies Resources: Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

When the Library Doesn't Have What I Need...

 Request the Item Via Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

What is ILL?

  • ILL gives you access to loans or copies of materials that the Library does not own

  • Items can be requested from across town, across the country, or around the world

  • Most items arrive in 10 days

  • Journal articles are delivered electronically in as little as 3 days

  • There is no charge to you for this service

How do I submit a request?

  • Log in to your secure, personal ILL account, choose a request form, and enter the citation information

  • Or, click on , available in many databases and online catalogs,  to request items as you search.  For more information about this magical button click here.


Do I need to use ILL?

ILL is an optional service. Most undergraduates are able to complete their research assignments using the resources available at the Vanderbilt Libraries. However, if you find that the resources you need are not available, ILL can come to the rescue.

Who can make an ILL request?

Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students.

What can I request?

We can usually borrow from other libraries the kinds of materials you find in the Central Library: including books, microforms, dissertations, and government documents. In some cases the item you request may be too rare or fragile to borrow. 

How long does it take?

It usually takes a few weeks or less for a book, but sometimes takes several months or longer.This is another reason why it pays to start your research early. A good rule of thumb: Budget at least two week for receiving an ILL request.

What does it cost?

Absolutely Free!