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Waidner-Spahr Library

Interlibrary Loan Services and Guidelines: Books

Understand how to borrow research materials through ILL.

Before Requesting an Item

You must first check the Waidner-Spahr Library Catalog to see if we own the item.

If we own it but it is checked out to another patron, you can continue placing the request.

Catalog shows item not available.

If the book is available as part of our E-Resources, we will NOT fill the request.

Catalog shows item available online

If you need assistance searching the library catalog or databases, please ask us!

Contact the ILL Office


Search PALCI E-ZBorrow first, seeking print resources only (no e-books or can be requested.)
  • Search for your book

  • Select the record that you want and click Request

    • Additionally, you can click on the title to view more about the item.

PACLI request

  • You will be asked to login. Select Dickinson College from the drop down menu.

Palci login

  • Sign in using your Dickinson Gateway credentials

  • Fill out the form selecting Circulation Desk from the drop down menu and hit submit. (Note: the other fields are optional.)

EZB request form


If the book you are seeking is not requestable, place a request through ILLiad.
  • Option 1 – You know what you want
    • Log on to your ILLiad account.
    • Select the request form that best suits your need.
    • new request
    • Fill out the form with as much information as you can.
    • book request form
    • Submit request
  • Option 2 - Browse
    • Search WoldCat for your item
    • request through illiad
    • Under External Resources, click “Request this item through ILLiad”
    • This auto populates the book information into the ILLIad book request form
    • Submit request

  • You will receive an email when your book has arrived. ILL shelves
  • Books are automatically checked out to you upon receipt and will be ready for pick-up after 4pm.
  • The pickup shelves are located on the ILL shelves to the left of the circulation desk and are shelved by last name. All items are wrapped for patron privacy. You may remove the yellow cover after retrieving your book but please keep all other paperwork with the book.
  • After 14 days, books not retrieved will be returned to the lender. Please only request what you need.

EZ-Borrow books have a 16-week checkout and cannot be renewed.

ILLiad books have due dates determined by the lender.

The band wrapped around your book will tell you if your item can be renewed or not. If "NO RENEWALS" is listed, you cannot renew the item. Please email us at if you need the book for longer and we can figure out a solution.

  • To request a renewal, log into your ILLiad account.
  • Scroll down the homepage to your Checked Out Items
  • Click Renew next to the correct item.
  • renew
  • We will email you in a day or two with your new due date

Long overdue books will result in the suspension of Dickinson Library and ILL privileges until your book is returned.

By borrowing with ILL, you assume financial responsibility for damaged or lost books. Fees will be determined by the lending library.

Occasionally, libraries lend with the condition that their materials be held in our library. This can be for a number of reasons including: fragile/damaged, expensive, rare, etc. We have no control over these instances. If we receive an In Library Use Only item on your behalf, you will receive an email notification.
  • A placeholder will be left on the ILL shelves. Take this item to the circulation desk to retrieve your item.
  • After use, return the item to the supervisor and communicate whether you would like us to continue to hold it for future use or if it should be returned to the lending library.
Due to the cost of providing ILL services, we restrict the following items from borrowing
  • Books available on Course Reserves
  • Book Dickinson Library owns as E-Resources