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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan Services Summer 2021

There will be no borrowing or lending of physical materials through Summer 2021. 

We anticipate resumption of full ILL services in September.  Thank you for your patience as we work to reopen safely.

Electronic article and book chapter requests will be processed within copyright guidelines.

Ebook purchases will be considered in lieu of physical Interlibrary Loans as budget and availability allow. Please submit book purchase requests to [email protected]

Please return past due Interlibrary Loan materials as soon as possible.  Returns may be made by mail or in person.  Please contact us to make safe return arrangements.

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Questions? Contact Us:

St. Augustine Hall, Rm B18
[email protected]
8:30am-4:30pm, Monday – Thursday; 8:30am–3:00pm, Friday


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Interlibrary Loan FAQ and Policies

Interlibrary Loan is a service through which you may obtain academic research materials not available in the St. John's University Libraries.

ILLiad is the name of the electronic system used to submit, track and manage your interlibrary loan requests.

All current St. John's graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, administrators, staff, and faculty retirees may request interlibrary loan.  Distance Ed and Study Abroad patrons may request ILL articles (copies) only.  In all cases you must have an active St. John’s email address to be eligible for interlibrary loan services.

Generally, books, book chapters, and copies of articles related to academic research may be requested. Theses and other scholarly works may also be requested.

We do not borrow:

  • Course textbooks or other required class materials
  • Items we own in any format
  • Items available in full text on the internet, for example, Google Books
  • Items available only from commercial sources
  • Materials that do not conform to copyright guidelines

Each lending library has its own policies.  Most libraries do not lend:

  • Reference books
  • Very recently published books
  • eBooks
  • Full issues of journals or newspapers
  • Audiovisual materials (DVDs, CDs, videocassettes, etc.)
  • Rare, fragile, or very valuable items

Delivery format is determined by the lender. We can request, but cannot guarantee, copies in PDF format.

Books take approximately one to two weeks to arrive.  Copies may be received as soon as the same day or may take more than a week.  It is always best to place your requests well in advance of any deadlines.

You will receive an email notification when your item is available.

Most of the time articles will be delivered to you electronically.  Articles received in print will be delivered via campus mail when possible or will be sent to the Library 3rdFloor Service Desk (Queens) or the Circulation Desk (Staten Island) for pickup.  We do not mail to off-campus addresses.    

Books must be picked up (and returned) in person at the Library 3rd Floor Service Desk (Queens) or the Circulation Desk (Staten Island).

Loan periods and renewal options are established by the lending institution.  In general, books are loaned for two to four weeks with a one-time renewal of two weeks.  You may request a renewal via your ILLiad account up until the item’s due date.

The St. John's Libraries do not charge for interlibrary loan services. However, some lending institutions charge fees which we pass on to you.  Please indicate on your request the maximum amount you are willing to pay for an item.  If we cannot get the item free of charge, we will only borrow up to the amount you are willing to pay.

Overdue and lost loans can jeopardize our relationship with lenders.  Please return your loans by their due date.  Overdue and lost book fines are determined by the lending institution and may be substantial.  Any fines imposed are your responsibility.  Chronic abuse of due dates may result in the suspension of your interlibrary loan privileges. 

If you are placing ILL requests for a faculty member, you must have access to and submit the requests from the faculty member’s ILLiad account.  Please do not submit requests for faculty from your account.  If you do, you will be responsible for those items if lost or overdue.

Please request materials from other St. John’s campuses at the 3rd Floor Service Desk (Queens) or the Circulation Desk (Staten Island); these are not considered interlibrary loans.