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Waidner-Spahr Library

Interlibrary Loan Services and Guidelines: Books

Understand how to borrow research materials through ILL.

Requesting Books


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

If the book you're seeking isn't requestable, place a request through ILLiad.


You’ll receive an email when your book has arrived.

Books are automatically checked out to you upon receipt, and will be shelved by last name on the ILL shelves to the left of the circulation desk.

  • Remove the yellow paper cover, but keep all other paperwork with your book.
  • After 14 days, books not retrieved will be returned to the lender. Please request only what you need.


Palci E-ZBorrow books appear on your Dickinson Library account, and cannot be renewed.

ILLiad books appear on your Dickinson Library account, and renewals are not automatic. To view checkouts and to request renewals:

  • Log into ILLiad
  • In the list on the left, select View Checkouts and Request Renewals and then the Transaction # for the item you would like to renew
  • In the top left, select Request Renewal
  • If the Request Renewal button doesn’t appear, that means the lender has decided that this item can’t be renewed. If you still need the item, clone your request and make a note that you were unable to renew.

Long Overdue Books

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

In Library Use Only

Occasionally, libraries lend with the condition that their materials be held in our library. If we receive an In Library Use Only item on your behalf, you will receive email notification.

  • To use, ask for the item from the supervisor at the circulation desk.
  • After use, return the item to the supervisor and communicate whether you would like us to continue to hold it or if it should be returned to the lending library.

Damaged or Lost Books

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

Books Restricted from Interlibrary Loan

Due to the cost of providing ILL services, we restrict the following items from borrowing:

  • Books available on Course Reserves
  • Books Dickinson Library owns as E-Resources


ILL Book Pick-Up Shelves

Contact the ILL Office