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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.

COVID info affecting ILL

I-Share and ILLiad borrowing and lending has resumed. However, please note that I-Share institutions vary in the level of resources and services available during the pandemic, so materials at some institutions may still not be obtainable. In these instances, items will either not be requestable or the requests will be canceled. IDS requests for articles are available through Get-It-Now and NIUILLiad.

NOTE: NIU Libraries staffing is limited and/or staggered, therefore, interlibrary loan and information delivery requests may take longer to be filled. For more information about how to access and request the full text of articles, go to the Accessing Full Text Articles page on the HuskieSearch Help Guide.

Ordering Books, DVDs, CDs, etc. When You Know What Title You're Looking For

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 HuskieSearch to be sure that NIU doesn’t already own the item. Type in your search term, and choose the Library Catalog option (default).


2. Next, check I-Share to make sure that you cannot get the book from another university or college library in Illinois.

HuskieSearch All I-Share Libraries


3. If you can’t find your item in the Local Catalog or in I-Share, search WorldCat.

HuskieSearch WorldCar Search

4. Finally, make an NIUILLiad request. 

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.