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Making the most of your library through Interlibrary loan(ILLiad)

Spring semester is around the corner. Are you excited about the new semester and new courses? Gophers are!

There are  probably several reading lists provided by professors waiting for you, some are required books and others are optional. As budget-limited students, we might not be able to buy all the books. A better idea is to borrow those books from the University libraries in 13 locations on campus.

What could we do if the books we need are not currently available within the University libraries? We still can get them free through Interlibrary loan(ILLiad).

"Interlibrary Loan offers free access to books and journal articles not currently available within the University of Minnesota Twin Cities' collections to promote coursework and scholarly research to Twin Cities campus faculty, staff, and students."

Let's go through the easy process.

I want to borrow Technical Communication Today as it is a required book for my Tech&Professional Writing class.

As we can see, the book is currently not available as it is on loan to another student.

Click Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad.

If it is your first time using ILL, you will be asked to fill out a registration form to have an account.

Sign in with your U of M internet ID and password.

You are sucessfully done after clicking Submit Request. The book you requested will be ready for you to pick up normally in 10 days.

Once the book has arrived at the pick up location , you will receive an email notification like the following one.

So the book arrived to my desk from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign just after 10 days I requested. Here it is!

Two points to keep in mind.

  • Don't remove the envelope or slip attached to the book.
  • Don't return the book to the late book return slides.


If you have more questions, check out the FAQ page.

Have fun exploring and using Interlibrary Loan(ILL)!