Answered By: Margaret Burri
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2023     Views: 10015

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) lets you get materials that JHU doesn't own. You can get books and journal articles, DVDs, microfilm, and more.

For books and musical scores, you can also try Borrow Direct. This service is faster, and has a longer loan period than ILL.

To request an item through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Go to the library home page
  • In the main navigation menu, choose GET MATERIALS, then choose Interlibrary Loan
  • If you've never used it before, a page will pop up asking you for your name and other basic information
  • NOTE: If you want a book in print that we ONLY have in electronic form, please add a note to the ILL form to let them know

If you want an article, there is also another way to request it:

  • Click the FindIT@JHU link in a database or in Google Scholar
  • If the FindIT page say that we do not have the article at all, click "MSE Borrower" -- this will send the article information into the ILL form automatically

Who can use Interlibrary Services:

  • All current faculty, students, and staff are eligible for free, unlimited use of ILL

If you have questions, please email


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