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Understand how to borrow research materials through ILL.

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

The purpose of Interlibrary loan is to support faculty and student research by providing access to materials that the Dickinson College library does not own and to materials owned but currently unavailable by requesting those materials from other institutions.  We reciprocate by lending our books and copying documents for other institutions.

Who is eligible to borrow through ILL?

Current students,faculty, staff, and emeritus professors have full ILL privileges.

Alumni and retirees may use ILL services at no charge when the material requested can be obtained free of charge. However, when libraries bill for services, these charges will be passed on to the patron making the request.

To receive ILL privileges, you will need:

  • A valid Dickinson ID
  • An active account with the library reflecting your patron status

Accessing your Interlibrary Loan Account as a First-Time User

Dickinson users have two options for interlibrary loan: EZ-Borrow and ILLiad.


EZ-Borrow is an expedited interlibrary loan service through our PALCI consortia, a partnership of 72 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia.

  • EZ-Borrow is the fastest way to request and receive books
  • Requests are typically filled within 3-5 days
  • 16-week checkouts
  • No renewals
  • No articles, book chapters or ebooks

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ILLiad is an interlibrary loan services that allows you to borrow from academic, public, and special libraries worldwide.

  • Lending libraries set the due date
  • Possible renewals
  • Can request books, ebooks, articles & book chapters
  • Articles and book chapters typically filled in 1-4 days
  • Books tend to be slower than EZ-Borrow, 7-9 days from request to delivery on average

Contact the ILL Office