Answered By: Piper Cumbo
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2016     Views: 107

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service to all Roanoke College staff, faculty, and students. (This is not borrowing a book from Hollins, as that is simply accessing our catalog and requesting the Hollins book for next day delivery).

First, when you find an article citation in our databases, and the full text is not available but there is a Request via Interlibrary Loan link, click the link. You will be prompted to sign in to your ILLiad account. If you do not have an ILLiad account, click the link that reads First Time Users. You will then read the copyright info for ILLiad, and click First Time Users again.

Now, create your ILLiad account. Once you have the account, go back to the Request via Interlibrary Loan link for the article you need and log in with your ILLiad ID and password. The article citation information should be automatically filled out in the article request form. If this does not happen, then you may have to manually enter the article citation information in the form under the link New Request- Journal Article. 

To request a book via Interlibrary Loan, you will need to log in to your ILLiad account and click on New Request- Book. 

If you would like to find books that are not in our catalog and may be at other institutions, go to WorldCat, which connects you to  the world's library catalogs in one place.This should get you to WorldCat 

In Worldcat, you can do a keyword or title search for a book you may need. Once you find the book, look for the link that reads Request via Interlibrary Loan. Click that link, log in to your ILLiad account, and make sure the book request fields are filled out with the correct info. Submit your request and wait for your book to come in (MAY TAKE UP TO TWO WEEKS DEPENDING ON WHERE IT'S COMING FROM). 

You can contact the Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Jeffrey Martin , by emailing him at or calling him at 540-375-2298