Research Guides

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

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 Loan Requests

Book, CD/DVD & Scores Requests

  • Are requested from lending libraries internationally and sent to Clapp library for our users to borrow.
  • Usually delivered within 2-10 days (depending on availability of request, location of lending library, and the type of mail used to ship the request to us)
  • Emails are sent to your Wellesley address when your loan request is available for pick up.
  • Due dates and renewals are set by the lending library.

Tips for Requesting Loans

Requesting Loans:

  • Start by checking to see if your request is already owned and available in one of the Wellesley college libraries.  This can be done using the Wellesley Catalog or WorldCat.

  • Check to see if is on course reserve.  Textbooks can be difficult to find and request through ILL.

  • Provide as much citation information as possible when placing your request (providing the ISBN number or OCLC number will help us process your request faster.  Requesting through WorldCat will import this information into your request automatically).  

  • You can also use the Book form in your ILL account to request a loan.  (Don't forget to include the ISBN to speed up your request).