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Asian Studies Resources: Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What do I do if we don't have a book, article, etc.?

For books:

Try WorldCat, a global, online catalog containing over 136 million records.

  • If you can't find the item you are looking for in the library catalog, search WorldCat to see if another library holds it.
  • Use the find it @ VU button to request the item through interlibrary loan.


For articles:

Most of the article databases available through the library display the find it @ VU button to help you locate the fulltext of articles.  But if we don't have the item, use the find it @ VU button to help you submit an ILL request.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Q & A

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan or ILL is a service that allows you to borrow books or receive photocopies of articles from another library.

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, 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!

Sounds great!  How do I start?

Log into the interlibrary loan service with your VUnet ID and password.  The first time you do so, you'll need to fill out a form identifying yourself.  Then you can use the Book, Journal Article, Dissertation, etc., forms linked on the left side of the page to make your request.

What if I need help?

Just ask me.