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Interlibrary Loan: Information Delivery Services: Ordering Books, DVDs, CDs, etc.

This guide describes the interlibrary loan services of NIU's library.

Ordering Books, DVDs, CDs, etc.

Before placing a request with the IDS office for a book or other similar item, please be sure that you have done the following:

  1. Check the online catalog to be sure that NIU doesn’t already own the item.
  2. Next, check I-Share to make sure that you cannot get the book from another university library in Illinois. If you find your item here, you just need to click Request and then follow the directions.
  3. If you can’t find your item in the Local Catalog or in I-Share, search WorldCat. Each record in WorldCat contains a link to order the item through via NIUILLiad. Click it and follow the directions.
  4. Finally, make an NIUILLiad request. Log in with your official NIU ID (such as a zID) and password, then choose the type of request on the left-hand side.

Problems? Questions? Call the IDS office at 815-753-9842 or email us at illdept@niu.eduPlease note that all ILL notifications are sent to official NIU email accounts only.