What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan is a system that allows students to borrow books and articles that Beacon does not own from another library. If you have found a book that is not in the OPAC, Beacon's catalog, then you can request it through Interlibrary Loan and it will be shipped to Beaconfor you to pick up. If you find a record for an article that Beacon does not have in full text, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan and a copy of the article will be sent to your Interlibrary Loan account.
Interlibrary Loan FAQs
How long will it take to get my ILL item?
While we can never be sure of an exact date since it depends on the institution that owns the item you are requesting, we usually say 2-3 business days for articles and 7-10 business days for print books.
Where do I pick up the ILL item that I requested?
There are two ways that you can receive your ILL item. All books have to be picked up, in person, at the Library circulation desk. All journal articles, however, will be emailed to you directly.
Can I renew my ILL item?
In most cases, yes. Beacon staff must request additional borrowing time from the owning library.
What do I do with the ILL item when I am finished?
If it is a journal article, you do not have to return it. Keep in mind though, that unless you save it somewhere, it will eventually disappear from your ILLIAD account. However, if the item you requested is a book, you must return it to the circulation desk at the Library on the due date. Books are typically due 30 days after they are received by Beacon.