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Circulation Guide: Interlibrary Loans

Learn how to request books and articles from the Library.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the process by which libraries share materials among each other for their patrons.  You may request books or articles that we don't have and we will research to see what library can fill the request. 

Books and articles each have their own requesting form because of the difference in citation style. 

ILL for Books

Current National University students, staff, and faculty residing in the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii may request ILL of materials.

Interlibrary Loan Book Request Form

Before using this service, please be sure to check the National University Library Catalog to see if the library owns a copy of the item that you need.

  • Course textbooks may not be requested through Interlibrary Loan service.
  • Interlibrary Loan book delivery times may vary.

ILL for Journal Articles

Journal articles not owned by the National University Library may be requested from other libraries by current students, faculty, and staff.

 Interlibrary Loan Article Request Form

Article requests typically take 2-3 days to fill. Occasionally requests take a bit longer.