Changes in interlibrary loan process for books

The USF Polytechnic Library is changing the way it’s processing interlibrary loans for books. Interlibrary loan is a collaborative process between libraries of all types, to give access to items not owned locally. This is a service reserved to USF registered students, staff and faculty.

Starting this week, we are now accepting requests for books from the USF Libraries system, or outside USF, using the same ILLiad interface that is currently used for articles ( This is a web-based interface, so you won’t need to use our old PDF form anymore.

ILLiad does requires a login and password. If you already had an account (to request journal articles), your existing account will continue working just the same. You will simply see added the option of requesting books.

If you don’t already have an ILLiad account, you will need to create one. Go to and click on “Not registered”, under the login box.


  • We strongly recommend you use your NetID as login and password. This Fall, all ILLiad accounts will be moved to the NetID
  • You will be asked for a d a Delivery Location, choose “USF Polytechnic”

Processing time should be less than a week from time of reception, within the USF system. Outside USF, please consider a wait time of two weeks or more, as we then depend on the loaning library. As always, in the majority of cases, the ILL service is offered free to you. We do ask that you limit your requests to 20 a week. Please be as complete and accurate as possible: the more information you put in your request, the faster we will be able to process it. Include the ISBN number, especially if requesting a specific edition; the OCLC number is also extremely helpful.

We are working on the Library webpages to update the ILL information, relevant to Polytechnic.

If you have any questions about the new process, on how to use ILLiad, or on how to find the ISBN/OCLC numbers, please contact Library Specialist Amy VanMiddlesworth at or 7-7747.

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