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Library - Interlibrary Loan: Home

During the Spring 2021 term interlibrary loan will be limited to digital materials. There will be no interlibrary loan of print materials.

Interlibrary Loans

The FDU Library Interlibrary Loan service allows you to borrow books and articles from other libraries. Most loans are free of charge. If there is a charge associated with the loan, the FDU Library will contact you to determine how you would like to proceed.

How to submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  1. From the FDU Library’s homepage, click on Search Discovery Catalog. Within the catalog, click on Sign In in the upper right corner of the page to sign in to your FDU Library account using your FDU NET ID username and password.
  2. Select "Advanced Search" on the right side of the page and enter the item information. Searching by the item by title is usually sufficient, just remember to put it in quotations.  Make sure to scroll down and select "Libraries Worldwide" before clicking Search.

    libraries worldwide menu option

  3. If the library has access to the item please use our copy and do not request an ILL.
  4. If the item is found in libraries worldwide and is not available from the FDU Library, click on the title of the relevant search result. Scroll down and click on Request Interlibrary Loan.

    request ILL button

    • **If the Request Interlibrary Loan option does not appear, you will need to manually fill out an interlibrary loan form. The forms can be found in the Library Links at the top of the page. There is a separate form for books and articles.
  5. You will be presented with an ILL form which should automatically populate with the item’s information.
  • - If you are requesting a book make sure to select the correct pickup location.

ILL form

When searching a library database you may come across the "Check Journal Locator for Full Text" message which allows you to find the article in another database or request it from another library. Sometimes Journal Locator is unable to provide either of these options and you must then find the article in Discovery again which can be a bit of a convoluted process. The "Check Discovery for ILL" bookmarklet allows you migrate your Journal Locator search directly to the Discovery Catalog where you will then be able to request the item from another library. 

To install this bookmarklet:

Check Discovery for ILL

  • chrome icon In Chrome, left click and drag the link above to your bookmarks bar in your browser.
  • firefox logo  In Firefox, right click the link and select "bookmark this link".
  • Safari  logo  Instructions to install in Safari.

To use this bookmarklet you must be on the failed Journal Locator search page (sample), click on this bookmark in your browser while on the Journal Locator page and it will attempt to find the article in the Discovery Catalog where you can then request it from another library. 


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