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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at ACU

Distance Education

Even when you're off campus, you have full access to ACU's online library resources. Log in with your myACU username and password to use the following databases and obtain electronic resources: 





For extra tips on accessing what we have online, check out this guide on how to use Journal Finder to find articles

If what you need isn't available through our online databases, however, it's time to submit an Interlibrary Loan request.

If you found the information about an article or chapter you need but do not have full-text access through EBSCO OneSearch (via the search box seen above), there is a link on the record that will pull in the citation information for you:

You will be asked to sign in with your myACU username and password, and, if you've never used the ILLiad system 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. You may then specify any additional information, such as date not needed after (if it's hard to get, when will it be too late), add any relevant notes, and submit. 

To submit a request manually, log in to your ILLiad page and choose "Article" or "Book Chapter" under "New Request." 

You will then manually type or paste the bibliographic information you have into the request form. Enter as much information as possible and try to cite as accurately as possible and avoid spelling mistakes. Errors or lack of citation can delay request processing.

Note the "Not Wanted After" date (when we should stop trying if the request is rare or difficult to obtain) and whether a language other than English is acceptable. It is also helpful to leave a note about where you found your citation information. 

Electronic Document Delivery

For articles and book chapters not available through ACU's online databases but owned in print by the ACU library, you can submit requests through Onesearch or Manual Submission. If ACU has the desired article in print, we will scan it and deliver it to you electronically.

If we don't have access, we'll request it from another library that does.

 

(This service is not available for on-campus students. It may help to identify yourself as a distance education student in a note when submitting your request.)

Textbook Delays

If you have not yet received a required textbook purchased from the bookstore or another seller, please contact your ACU Dallas ambassador or adviser to request the chapters necessary for readings missed while waiting for your textbook to arrive. You may also contact your professor for the chapters.

ILL at Your Local Public Library

You can always get access to books by submitting requests through the Interlibrary Loan services at your local public library. Make sure to get a library card in your area (you can get a public library card even if you're living in the area for a short amount of time) and use WorldCat FirstSearch to get an idea of the availability of your desired book at libraries around the world. (Or use www.worldcat.org and leave the ACU version to search for libraries in your area. Obtaining books through your local library's ILL program is often the quickest way to obtain books.)


TexShare

If you live in Texas, you can take advantage of a program called TexShare, which allows you to walk in and check out books at public and university libraries in Texas who are members of the program. Follow this link to look up the nearest participating libraries. If your local public library is a participating member of TexShare, ask them to issue you a TexShare card. If you are in Texas but unable to get a TexShare card from your public library, contact us

It's best to request articles and book chapters through ACU's ILL services and physical loans through a local library. And remember, research librarians and ILL staff are here to answer your questions.


ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing 

Students of Bible and Theology will want to take advantage of ACU's membership in the ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program, which allows you to check out books from participating seminaries and similar institutions across the U.S. and Canada. Check here for a list and here for a map to find participating libraries in your area and email acuill@acu.edu if you'd like more information on how to take advantage of the program.


Distance Delivery Program
As of August 27, 2019, the library has implemented where you can request books through Interlibrary Loan. (During this process, you will receive a cancelation notification--this is normal. Please read all cancelation emails carefully to see what your next step is.) We will make every effort to find the book you need electronically. If the book is not available electronically, then other options will be provided, including sending the book to you from our collection if the book is in our print collection (within the contiguous United States). You can read the policies for this program as a PDF. If you have questions regarding the Distance Delivery Program, please contact Avery Weems (avery.weems@acu.edu), our Distance and Online Services Librarian.

You can always use your local public or academic library to request books through their ILL department. (See the first box on this page for more details.) 

Need More Help?

Even if you're not on campus, we're still here to serve you. Research Librarians are ready to help you with all your research questions, and the ILL department is here to help you access resources. 

For general inquiries about Distance Learning, please visit the Distance Learning Portal.

Contact Information

ACU's Interlibrary Loan Department: 

acuill@acu.edu

Kelsey Weems, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator

kelsey.weems@acu.edu

(325) 674-2398

Office located behind the circulation desk