Answered By: Margaret Burri
Last Updated: Apr 16, 2018     Views: 9068

Interlibrary Services (also known as "Interlibrary Loan" or ILL) lets you get materials that JHU doesn't own. You can get books and journal articles, and some libraries will also loan DVD's, microfilm, and other things.

(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 Services:

  • Go to the library home page
  • On the left, choose GET MATERIALS, then choose Interlibrary Services
  • 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
  • Alumni who have purchased a library card, spouses, same-sex domestic partners, and dependents of current JHU faculty, staff, and students may request from other JHU libraries through the catalog

If you have questions, please send a note to


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