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Borrowing

When Should I Use Illiad?

  • Use this if materials (books, book chapters, and articles - including electronic copies) are unavailable at Rush or via I-Share.
  • Use only after searching the University Library Catalog and I-Share

Interlibrary Loan

If your request is for immediate patient care, please call us at (312) 942-5950

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan can be used to request PDFs of journal articles and book chapters and physical items which are not available through the I-Share network.

To open an ILLiad account, you must:

  1. Complete this form to register as a Rush University Medical Center Library patron (or update your current registration).
  1. Go to the ILLiad home page and click Open an ILLiad account to create your account.

Note: If you have used ILLiad in the past, do not create a new account. Click "Forgot your ILLiad password" to recover your existing account. Duplicate accounts will not be permitted to place requests.

Journal Article and Book Chapter Requests:

Journal articles and book chapters are delivered electronically and are free for students, faculty, and staff.

Requests are processed Monday though Friday. Requests may be submitted 24/7 via ILLiad. Nearly 80% of requests are filled within 3 business days.

Print Material and Media Requests: 

Print materials and media requests are free for students, faculty, and staff. Users must be able to pick up and return requested items to the Library. Distance Education students should make arrangements with their local library to order books.

Print materials and media are shipped through the US Postal service and can take up to 2 weeks for delivery.

Frequently Asked Questions about ILLiad

What is ILLiad?

ILLiad is the electronic system you use to request an item through Interlibrary Loan.

How do I sign up to use ILLiad?

To sign up for ILLiad, you must first be a registered library user. To register with the library, please submit a registration form. You may then create an account in ILLiad.

What is the charge for requesting materials?

All interlibrary loan requests are free for students, faculty, and staff. 

How quickly will my materials arrive?

Nearly 80% of electronic article and book chapter requests are filled within three business days. Print materials and media are shipped through the US Postal service and can take up to 2 weeks for delivery.

How will I receive my materials?

Electronic journal articles and book chapters will be delivered to your ILLiad account. You will receive an e-mail when you are able to access your item.

Print materials and media must be picked up at and returned to the Library Services Desk.

I am a distance education student. How can I obtain materials?

Distance education students may use ILLiad to request electronic delivery of journal articles and book chapters. We are not able to offer Interlibrary Loan services of books and other print materials unless you are able to pick up and return the material to the Library. Distance education students should make arrangements with their local library to order books.

Can I renew items borrowed through ILLiad online?

Items borrowed through ILLiad cannot be renewed online. To renew ILL materials or pay late/lost item fees, contact the Library of Rush University Medical Center at (312) 942-5950. Please do not contact the lending library directly.

Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Periods

Items Loan Periods* Fines*
Books Set by lending library Set by lending library
Videos Set by lending library Set by lending library

*To renew ILL materials or pay late/lost item fees, contact the Library of Rush University Medical Center at (312) 942-5950. Please do not contact the lending library directly.

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