InterLibrary Loan

To request an item

Use the search box on the library homepage and then click

Request Item

To request an item from a database

1. Click the   Find it button button located in most of our databases.

2. Then click the   Request This Item button to create an ILL request for a specific item.

If you don't see a "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button, click the button below to fill out a blank Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form

Video Tutorial on Placing an Interlibrary Loan for an Article

Video Tutorial on Placing an Interlibrary Loan for a Book Chapter


What is Interlibrary Loan?

The Interlibrary Loan department borrows materials from other libraries for use by members of the CSB/SJU academic and monastic communities.

Who may use the Interlibrary Loan service?

Faculty, staff, current students, and members of the Benedictine communities at CSB/SJU may request materials through the Interlibrary Loan department. Alumni and local borrowers should request Interlibrary Loan materials through their local public libraries.

How long does it take?

Many requests for copies of articles arrive within a few days, and the majority of items arrive within two weeks so please allow at least that much processing time when making your request. Turnaround time varies greatly for Interlibrary Loan requests, depending on the nature of the material and the location of the lender.

We make every attempt to order all requested materials within one to two business days of when the requests were submitted.  Materials are always ordered from local libraries if possible.

How much does it cost?

  1. There is no charge for requests filled through a free lender.
  2. There will be a charge of $5 for each request that is not available from a free lender. Requestors will be notified on a request-by-request basis and must agree to pay the $5 charge before the order is placed.

How do I find out when my requested material has arrived?

Requested articles will be delivered electronically, in which case your email will include a URL and PIN which you use to read, print or download your article.

To check the status of your ILL requests log on to My ILL Requests.

When are Interlibrary Loan books due?

Lending libraries set the due dates for the materials they lend.

Due dates are indicated in WorldCat on My Account. Please note due dates for all checked-out interlibrary loan items have been extended, please access your Account for the new due dates.

If you would like to return an interlibrary loan item while the libraries are closed please use the outdoor book drops at either Clemens or Alcuin Libraries.

May I request a renewal?

Please access your My Account at for the most current due date, if you need an additional extension please send your request to the ILL Office. Please include the title of the item and the ILL number recorded on its label/strap. Please monitor My Account" for the new due date.

Please contact the CSB ILL Office (363-5611) or the SJU ILL Office (363-2122) with questions.

What is the overdue policy?

All overdue fines assessed March 13th or later have been waived and extensions have been granted for due dates. We ask that you return items in a timely manner. If you are having trouble returning an ILL item please contact us at ILL Office and we will work with you to find a solution.

Whom do I call for more information?

Please contact the CSB ILL Office (363-5611) or the SJU ILL Office (363-2122) with questions.