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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at ACU

How do I submit an Interlibrary Loan Request?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services exist to supplement the resources already available to you through the ACU Library. If you request a resource that is already available through ACU's databases, it will be canceled. Make sure you read the cancellation email fully, as it will contain instructions on accessing the resource.


Try these steps before submitting an ILL request: 

For Articles, check through Journal Finder and OneSearch to see if you have access through the ACU Library.

For Books and Other Physical Items, use the ALCON Library Catalog.

Don't limit your physical item search to the ACU Library only. Learn how to place a hold on books from the other libraries in Abilene (Abilene Public Library, Hardin-Simmons, McMurry, and Howard Payne).



Once you've used the above methods to confirm the ACU Library and Abilene Library Consortium do not have access to the resource you need, browse the other tabs on this page to learn how to place an ILL request.

There are three ways to submit your Interlibrary Loan requests: 



If you found the material you needed through EBSCO OneSearch (the first tab in the prominent search box on the ACU library homepage).

To the left of the record, you will find a link that will pull in the citation information for you: 

You will be asked to sign in with your myACU username and password. If you've never used the ILLiad system for ILL requests before, you will be asked to register your information before proceeding.

Then you will be taken to the request submission form where your citation information will be inserted automatically. At this point, you may specify any additional information, such as the "Not Wanted After" date (when to stop looking if we can't get it quickly) or if an alternate edition is acceptable. Add any relevant notes and submit. 

Another way to submit your request is by finding the item in WorldCat. WorldCat is recommended when requesting physical books.

Through Worldcat, you can find the exact edition of what you need, and you can view which libraries own the item, which may give you an idea of how quickly and easily a request is likely to be filled. 

WorldCat also has a link that will automatically insert your citation information: 

Again, you will be asked to log in with your myACU username and password and register if you have not already done so. The citation information will be automatically inserted into the request form, so specify any additional relevant information, add any necessary notes, and submit.

If your desired material cannot be found in any of our databases, you can manually cite your request by logging into ILLiad (using your myACU username and password) and selecting from the left-side menu "Books and More" for physical materials or "Article" or "Book Chapter" for documents that can be delivered electronically.

Enter as much information as possible. Information like ISSN or ISBN and year of publication will help library staff fill your request. Try to cite as accurately as possible and avoid spelling errors, as errors or lack of information can delay request processing.

Note the "Not Wanted After" date and whether an alternate edition or language other than English are acceptable. It is also helpful to leave a note about where you found your citation information. 

Contact Information

ACU's Interlibrary Loan Department:

Kelsey Weems, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator

(325) 674-2398

Office located behind the circulation desk