Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan offers the opportunity of obtaining academic resources not available in the St. John's University Libraries.  The service is available to all current St. John's students, faculty, administrators and staff.  To request a book, article, or other material through Interlibrary Loan, you must provide complete and accurate bibliographic information.  Please see a librarian at the Reference Desk if you need help finding this information. 

Always check the Libraries' Catalog and Full Text eJournals before submitting an interlibrary loan request to be sure the item is not owned by any of the St. John's Libraries. 

Please pick up and return books borrowed via interlibrary loan at Circulation Services on the 3rd floor.

Please request materials from other St. John's campuses at the Circulation Desk; these are not considered interlibrary loans.


Click here to submit ILL requests electronically via ILLiad.
St. Augustine Hall, Rm B20
8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

Staten Island
Click here to submit ILL requests electronically via ILLiad.
Loretto Memorial Library
8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library
Phone: 212-277-5136
Fax: 212-277-5140
9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Monday – Friday

ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database)
Interlibrary Loan requests may be submitted electronically through the ILLiad system using the campus links above.  The first time you place a request through ILLiad, you will need to register.  Providing complete and accurate information will enable us to process your request and contact you promptly when your materials arrive.  During registration, you will choose a username and password that will identify you for all future ILLiad transactions, including placing new requests, tracking the status of requests in progress, asking for renewals, etc.  If you forget your password, please contact the ILL Office for assistance.  Please DO NOT register again.

What may be borrowed
Generally, books and photocopies of articles related to academic research may be requested.  Each lending library has its own policies regarding loans and copies.  Obtaining materials is dependent upon the good will and cooperation of the participating libraries.

Most libraries do not lend:

  • Reference books
  • Audiovisual materials (videocassettes, CDs, DVDs, etc.)
  • Rare, fragile, or very valuable items
  • Full issues of periodicals or newspapers
  • Very recently published books
  • Items owned by the borrowing institution, including those out on loan

We do not borrow course textbooks, no exceptions.

Time Involved
Usually, about ten business days are needed from the time of request until an item is received.  If referral to more than one library is necessary, or if the request information submitted is inaccurate, the process may take longer.

Loan Periods and Renewals
Loan periods are established by the lending institution; in general, books are loaned for two to four weeks.  You may request renewals via your ILLiad account.  Photocopies are yours to keep.

The St. John's Libraries do not charge you for Interlibrary Loan services, but you may be responsible for fees imposed by the lending library.  Please indicate on your request the maximum cost you are willing to pay for the item.  We will only borrow it for up to that cost.