Answered By: Kelly MacWatters
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015     Views: 71

Remember, interlibrary loan is a process by which the Standish Library Interlibrary Loan Department receives your requests from ILLiad or a database, such as the MLA Bibliography, and then gets materials for you. Here are some tips which will save you time and help us get the right materials to you more quickly.

Before placing an interlibrary loan request, check to make sure that the item isn't already here at Siena.

For books and AV, check our online catalog, CYRIL: Title Search

For journals, magazines, and newspapers, use the Search-For-Article button in whichever database you're using or search the Journal Title List

You must register with ILLiad, our electronic interlibrary loan system before ordering something. In the ILLiad customer profile, please keep information about yourself and your contact information (email and phone) current.

In your request, provide as complete and accurate information as possible about the item you want. If you don't have a complete citation, check with the Standish Library Reference Desk – the librarian there will be glad to help you.

Requesting books – Provide the full name of at least the first author or editor. Provide the title and, if possible, the publisher, place, and year of publication. If you need a special edition or volume of a set, indicate that in the "notes" field of the request. If you have the ISBN for the book, it is helpful to include it.

Requesting media – Provide the full title, and, if possible, the publisher (label or production company), place, and year of publication/release. If there is a primary artist and/or director associated, please give that information, too..

Requesting articles – Do not abbreviate the title of the periodical, except when your source abbreviated the title. Make sure that you searched Siena's local holdings (a journal title search on CYRIL) for the periodical title, not the article title. If the periodical has a short and common name ("Life" e.g.), include the place of publication and/or publisher, if you can find it. If possible, provide the ISSN of the periodical.

Requesting a dissertation or thesis – Provide the author, title -- plus academic institution and year, if you know them.

If possible, provide the source of your citation, such as the name of the database or the URL where you found the information.

Plan ahead. The peak times of year for ILL work are October-early December and March-April, so the sooner you get your requests in, the more likely it is that we can fill them on time.