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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service for WCU students, faculty, and staff that gets you a book, article, or other material not available at West Chester University Libraries. We work with libraries around the world to get you this material.

If you need a: Please use:
Book  EZBorrow, then ILLiad (Try EZBorrow first. If item is not available, then use ILLiad)
Article, thesis, microfilm/microfiche ILLiad
Book chapter ILLiad, please include both the book title and either the chapter title or page numbers of the chapter. Please submit one chapter at a time.

ILLiad does not work with Internet Explorer.

If you need a: Please use:
Book

A Request for books we own (sign in to see the request option, choose Mail to Home as your pickup location);

EZBorrow for books WCU doesn't own (use Home Delivery as your pickup location)

DVD A Request for DVDs we own (sign in to see the request option, choose Mail to Home as your pickup location);

EZBorrow for books WCU doesn't own (use Home Delivery as your pickup location)

Article or thesis ILLiad
Book chapter ILLiad, please include both the book title and either the chapter title or page numbers of the chapter. Please submit one chapter at a time.

ILLiad does not work with Internet Explorer.

How to Request Books through EZBorrow

How to Request Articles and Books through ILLiad

Are there restrictions on what I can request through ILL?

In general, we can't get you:

  • E-books
  • Certain video, CD, DVD, and microfiche/microfilm materials
  • Certain dissertations/theses

How do I get the book or article I requested through ILL?

You will receive an email letting you know when your material is ready. Articles, book chapters, and other shorter material are usually delivered online. You will have the option to specify where you want to receive the material: Presser Library, FHG Library Help Desk, or sent to your home via UPS (including pre-paid return label).

Where do I return my ILL book?

You can return it to FHG Library, Presser Music Library, or return it with the pre-paid mailing label that was provided to you when you received it in the mail.

What happens if I’m late returning my ILL book?

WCU Libraries does not charge any fines for ILL books. However, the university that owns the book you borrowed may charge you a replacement fee if the book is not returned by the due date.

What happens if I lose my ILL book?

We won’t charge you for it, but the university that owns it will charge a replacement fee. You may be able to buy a replacement copy instead, but the lending university must approve it. Since it’s so variable, please give us a call or send us an email to discuss what you can do at this point.

What’s the difference between E-Z Borrow and ILLiad?

  • E-Z Borrow is for books only. Your book will be available in 2-3 days and you will have it for 84 days (no renewals).
  • ILLiad is for all types of materials; articles and book chapters will generally be available in 2-3 days. Books can take from 3-10 days, and you will usually have them for 28 days (it varies, and renewals are sometimes possible).

Have a question about your interlibrary loan?

Contact us: