610-606-4666 ext. 3387
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service which makes it possible for materials not available in the Cressman Library to be borrowed from other libraries.
Quick link to ILL Requests
To request material through ILL complete an ILL request form. Request forms are available at the Information Services desk, or via the Web. There are two different types of forms, which correspond to specific types of material.
Delivery of ILL materials generally takes one to two weeks. Materials borrowed from Lehigh Valley libraries may arrive within 3 to 5 days. Delivery time of materials borrowed from out-of-state libraries may extend beyond 2 weeks.
Books can be borrowed, usually free of charge. The requestor will be notified by phone or by U.S. or campus mail when the requested book is received. It must be picked up at the Lending Services desk. The loan period is usually 2 to 4 weeks depending on the policy of the lending library. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. Books are subject to recall at any time.
Photocopies of Periodical Articles
Photocopied articles will be sent to the requestor if there are no charges. If there are charges, the requestor will be notified by U.S. or campus mail and must pick up and pay for the materials at the Lending Services desk.
Dissertations and Theses
Most American libraries will not lend their dissertations. Ask the ILL Associate for more detailed information on the lending policies of specific institutions. Many dissertations are available for purchase from University Microfilms International.
Rare Books, Manuscripts, Etc.
Libraries generally do not lend rare books or manuscripts. It may be possible, however, to purchase a photocopy or microform copy. Consult the ILL Associate for more specific information.
Some materials may only be available in microformat. This is true of most ERIC (Educational Resources) documents. The loan period is usually 1 to 3 weeks depending on the specific policy of the lending library.
Please send questions about ILL to Nicole Rivera, Lending Services Coordinator.
(610) 606-4666 ext. 3543.
1. Try searching Google Scholar before requesting an ILL.
2. To request an ILL, search WorldCat Discovery, the Library Catalog.
a. Find the record for the book or article.
b. Look for the "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button.
c. If the record is not found in WorldCat Discovery, the Library Catalog, then:
i. Book request
ii. Journal Article request