Research Guides

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Need a Loan? (Book, CD/DVD, Score or Thesis)

A Guide to Interlibrary Loan Services at Wellesley.

Searching & Requesting Loans

Searching for Loans: 



Search and request through this catalog of

materials published worldwide.  We borrow

from our partner libraries first for fastest  delivery.


*Loans may also be requested directly through you ILL account if you already have the citation information.  Click here for more information. 

How long can I borrow what I requested? (Can I keep this the whole semester)?

Loan periods vary depending on the lending library.  Most libraries give a 4 week loan period with one renewal and some give an 8 week loan period with no renewal.  Items may be recalled at anytime (prior to the due date) by the lending library.


How long will it take?

Request Type  Average Time for Request
 ILL (book)     ** 2-10 days 
 ILL (article/chapter)        hours to 2 days 


** Some materials may take longer based on location of lending library and availability of item requested 

Where to pick-up & Return ILL Requests

All loans are picked up at the Clapp Service Desk and are the users responsibility.  

Loans may be returned at the service desks in the Art, Clapp, Music or Science libraries.   

They must be returned in the condition they were borrowed (no markings, highlighting, etc).  Loans returned damaged are subject to a replacement fee