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Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that allows UW-Waukesha students, faculty, and staff members to obtain materials not found in other UW Library catalogs. There are currently two ways to login into the InterLibrary Loan system to borrow books, media, and articles:


If you know that the item you need is not available at UW-Waukesha or the UW System, you will need to submit a request through ILLiad.  ILLIad is a system you can use to request items, including journal articles, from other libraries.

All UW-Waukesha students, faculty and staff have an ILLiad account (click on the ILLiad link above to get started). We are able to fill requests for most materials that are owned by public libraries and private colleges in the state as well as libraries throughout the nation. The amount of time it takes to receive materials from other libraries varies, but most items are received within one week.

ILL materials may be picked up and returned to the UW-Waukesha library. Most article requests are filled electronically and are sent to your campus e-mail within a few days. If your article was faxed or mailed, it may be picked up at the Library information desk. There is no charge for this service. If you need help placing a request through ILLiad, please ask a librarian or contact us.  This service is unavailable to community borrowers.

Interlibrary Loan FAQs

What is it?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that allows UW-Waukesha FACULTY, STAFF, and STUDENTS to borrow materials not owned by the UW-Waukesha library from another library

Who can use interlibrary loan?

UW-Waukesha extends interlibrary loan privileges to all UW-Waukesha students, faculty, and staff.

What types of materials can I request through interlibrary loan?

Requests can be made for books, journal articles, ERIC documents, dissertations, pamphlets,  compact discs, and video recordings. Generally, we are unable to obtain rare books and reference materials.

How long does it take?

The time that it takes an interlibrary loan item to arrive at the UW-Waukesha library varies. Generally it takes about 1 week.

How will I be notified that my materials have arrived?

Notification will be  via campus mail.  Materials can be picked-up at the library's circulation desk. A desk attendant will ask to see your UW-Waukesha ID before releasing any Interlibrary Loan materials.

How long can I keep my materials?

While the lending library determines the loan period, most books can be checked-out for four weeks. Audiovisual materials are generally checked-out for a shorter period of time and may even be restricted to library use only. A fine of one dollar a day is accessed for materials returned after the due date.

Where do I return my interlibrary loan materials?

Photocopies do not have to be returned. Books and audiovisual materials must be returned to the library associate at the circulation desk.

What if I need something immediately?

A librarian can check a number of different databases and let you know if an item is available locally. If it is, you can use your local library card to obtain materials from the local public libraries and your UW-Waukesha I.D. to check-out materials from Carroll College and WCTC. If the item you need is available at another UW library you can use you UW-Waukesha I.D. as a library card at that institution.

What is Resource Sharing?

Resource sharing is a free service that allows UW-Waukesha students, faculty, and staff to request books and audiovisuals not owned by the UW-Waukesha campus from another UW-System library via the Web Catalog.  Sign in to "Search at UW" hereto locate items in UW-System catalog. 

What is ILLiad?

ILLiad is an electronic system that allows students, faculty and staff to request an item through Interlibrary Loan. In addition to requesting materials, ILLiad also allows users to track, edit, and view the history of their requests. Prior to using ILLiad, please check the Web Catalog to see if a UW-System library owns the book or audiovisual you need.

How do I make a request using ILLiad?

ILLiad accounts have been set-up for all UW-Waukesha students and faculty. You will be prompted to enter your 10 digit barcode number, this is your UW-Waukesha ID number, and your last name. Please complete the remainder of the form as accurately as possible.