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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

A Guide to ILL at Wellesley.

Placing an ILL Loan Request in WorldCat

Start by Searching WorldCat (using title, author, or keywords) and click search 


The WorldCat home screen with the title, freedom summer, highlighted in yellow and the red search button circled with a yellow highlight.

If Wellesley owns it, WorldCat will display an 'At Wellesley College' link in red. Click this link.  



This link brings you to the Wellesley library catalog where you can see the call number, location and status of the item.  If available, you can go to the library and check out the book.  


If there is no red 'At Wellesley College' link, click on the title of the record you need.  On the top right hand corner of the page, click the red "Request Item Through ILL" button.  





The ILL account login page will open.   Enter your username and password and click Login.  


WorldCat will auto-fill the Book, Media or Score Request form with the citation information.  Click the Submit button to place the request.


You'll see the following message letting you know that your ILL request has been submitted in green.  You will also see the item listed under your Pending Requests.


Your ILL dashboard with a green box at the top showing a request submitted message and the item just requested, Freedom Summer shows under the pending requests section on the dashboard.


You will receive emails letting you know when the item has been shipped from the lending library and when it has arrived and ready to be picked up at the Clapp Service Desk.

Example emails:

Item shipped:

The book you requested, Freedom Summer (TN: 437440), has been shipped from the lending library and is on its way here!  We'll let you know when it's available for pick-up.


ILL Staff :

For more information about using ILL, please check out our Lib Guide.


Item available:

The following request has arrived and is available to be picked up at the Clapp Library Service Desk.  It will be due on 10/5/21.  

Loan Title: Freedom Summer
Loan Author: Doug McAdam
TN: 437440

If you no longer need this, please let us know by responding to this email or contacting


Lending libraries sometimes restrict the use of their loans.

Any restrictions on this loan are noted below:

1)  Must this item remain in the library building?  No

2)  Is this loan renewable?  Yes



ILL Staff : 


Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions:

Angie Batson & Kayla Valdivieso