Distance Education: ILL Services

The University Library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) unit provides a variety of services to help distance learners gain access to books, articles, and other resources. The following information provides an overview of ILL services, policies and limitations for WIU-registered distance learners.

Electronic Form Requests

WIU Distance Learners should use these forms when requesting books, photocopies of articles, or making renewal requests.

ILL Policies for Distance Learners

To qualify for this service, you must:
  • be an active student enrolled exclusively in online WIU courses or a retired WIU faculty or staff member, and
  • live more than 40 miles away from the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses
  • Books ordered through I-Share must be picked up at a library. When ordering, choose *any* of the 91 I-Share libraries as your Pick Up Library.
  • If no I-Share library is convenient for pick-up, order everything through ILLiad.
  • Books ordered through ILLiad will be mailed to you.
  • Articles ordered through ILLiad will be scanned and posted to your ILLiad account.
Request Fulfillment

The amount of time to receive ordered materials varies. When an item is requested, there is no guarantee the item will be available for loan or that it will be received in an expedient manner. Our services are dependent upon other institutions' workloads and other conditions beyond our control.


Articles, Books and other Borrowed Materials

While most Interlibrary Loan requests are obtained at no charge, there are occasions when other libraries charge for materials borrowed from them. WIU Libraries will subsidize requests for WIU affiliated faculty, staff, and students. See Policies & Procedures for more information.

Items that may be difficult to obtain or renew

  • Videos, DVDs, CDs, microforms
  • Reference, historical or genealogy materials
  • Items currently on reserve in the WIU Library
  • Entire issues of a journal

Contact Information
Greg Phelps
Access Services