Research Guides

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Need An Article, Book Chapter or Thesis? (PDF)

A Guide to ILL at Wellesley.

Covid 19 Update

At this time we are only able to try and fill loan requests (for physical items) for faculty and staff.

If you would like to make a request for an e-book, please contact 
If you only need a limited number of chapters from a book, please try placing a book chapter request for each chapter needed and we'll try to get them electronically (in accordance with copyright law).
If this is for a class, please check with your instructor who may have already requested the resource for you. If not, please contact

ILL article & book chapter requests

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Are delivered to your ILL account electronically as PDF's
  • Usually delivered within 24 hours (depending on availability of request)
  • Emails are sent to your Wellesley address when the PDF is available. 
  • PDFs are only available for 30 days in your ILL account due to copyright.  Please be sure to save or print the articles once you open them.

For help searching databases

For help accessing databases and locating resources, please consider contacting our Research & Instruction Librarians.  

Here are some other resources for Research & Instructions help:


Requesting a article, chapter or thesis

Requesting Articles, Book Chapters & Thesis Requests:

  • Check the Wellesley Catalog for journal title before submitting a request

  • Use the Article Locator if you have a citation from a bibliography or reading list.  Article Locator will help you to find online full-text or to pass the search into an ILL request form

  • When you're searching in an A-Z database, you can click on find it at wellesley button to request through ILL

  • When using SuperSearch, click on the gray request button which will take you to  find it at wellesley button to request through ILL.

  • Don't forget to provide a full citation (title, author, year, volume, pages) and to include the ISSN or ISBN number to speed up your request.  

  • Use the Article ILL form or Book Chapter ILL form or Thesis ILL request form and fill out the request manually with your citation information.