Answered By: Kayla Flegal
Last Updated: Aug 06, 2021     Views: 141

Interlibrary loan is a service whereby a DePauw library patron can borrow books, DVDs, music, etc. and/or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library. This means that we work hard to get you what you need!

ILL is free for DePauw students, faculty, and staff. The library incurs any fee associated with your request.

Stages of ILL

1. You find an item (book, article, dvd, etc.) in the Libraries' catalog that the DePauw Libraries does not currently have available.

2. You will click on the blue "Request Item" button on the right-hand side of the screen.







3. You will then be prompted to fill out the request form (see video).

4. The Libraries' ILL Specialist (Meghan) will receive your request and send out the call to libraries worldwide to see if anyone can send it to us.

5. A library responds and prepares to send us the item.

6. The DePauw Libraries receives the item and sends you an email alerting them that the item arrived.

7. The ILL'd item will be waiting for pickup in the patron's email inbox OR at the Prevo Science Library (located inside the Julian Science and Math Center). You can pick up your requested item any time the Prevo Science Library is open!

After submitting an ILL request, you can check the status of your request at 


While our main library, Roy O. West, is under construction, we will encourage DePauw patrons to use Interlibrary Loan (ILL). If the item requested is a physical item (book, score, DVD, etc.) it can take more time to receive the item, in hand. For electronic items (journal articles), the retrieval time is much shorter.