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Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery

Welcome to Shippensburg University Library's Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (ILL) service. ILL is available to current SU students, faculty, staff, administrators.

Loan Terms

Shippensburg University students, faculty, staff, and administrators may borrow ILLiad items for up to 28 days; one renewal may be possible, depending on the lending library.
Faculty Emeriti and SU Foundation Staff may request up to five items on Interlibrary Loan at a time.
For assistance, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Staff at 477-1462 or email the ILL department at:

Please follow the steps below to order articles or books and other materials. Undergraduate students may request up to 10 items and graduate students up to 20. If you need more than this, please consult with a librarian at the Information Desk before submitting requests.

Requesting Articles

Often it is easier to place your ILL request directly from within the searched database. Look for the "Check Availability" link near the article you're looking for; if the Check Availability pages lists no online access points, you can click the "ILLiad" link near the bottom of the page and have the article data imported into ILLiad with a mouse-click or two.

  1. Check the Journals List, to make sure that Shippensburg does not own or have access to the specific year of the journal, magazine, or newspaper for which you are looking.  If the library does not have immediate online access to the article, please
  2. Request through ILLiad  - the article will be scanned and sent to you electronically

Requesting Books and Other Items

When the library does not own an item, we provide easy ways to request it. WorldCat searches across library collections worldwide and requests items via ILLiad.
ILLiad sequentially asks 5 libraries which own the item to loan it to us for you - each library has 2 days to respond before the request is transferred to the next library, the turn-around time could be as long as 10 days.

  1. Doublecheck the Catalog  to confirm whether or not Ship Library owns the book.
  2. Check WorldCat - this service covers many library collections worldwide. When you locate an item you want, just click "Request this item via Interlibrary Loan."
    *Remember* if there are only a few copies of a book listed in WorldCat, it is likely that we will be unable to borrow that book for you.
  3. For books and other materials not available using the services listed above, please request through ILLiad.


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United State Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified condition is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institutionreserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.