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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

A step-by-step guide to using interlibrary loan at Kirkwood.

About Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Q: What is interlibrary loan?

A: Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a library service that allows Kirkwood students, faculty and staff to request materials from other libraries around the country.

Q: When should I use interlibrary loan?

A: Use interlibrary loan when you want a specific resource not held by Kirkwood Community College Libraries.

Q: What types of materials are available through interlibrary loan?

A: Generally, any items not held by Kirkwood Community College may be requested, usually books and articles.

However, the following may not be requested through ILL:

  1. Textbooks and other required course materials or exam study guides
  2. Most reference materials, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries
  3. DVDs or CDs may be requested, however these are difficult to obtain through ILL
Q: How much does interlibrary loan cost?

A: Interlibrary loan is provided free of charge to our community of Kirkwood students and employees. If you aren't a current student or employee, ask your local public library about their ILL service.


Contact ILL Staff

Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm*

Phone: 319-398-5696

*Note: Interlibrary Loan materials can be picked up or returned anytime during normal library hours.

Cedar Rapids Campus Library

Benton Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

Iowa City Campus Library

107 Credit Center Building

1816 Lower Muscatine Rd., Iowa City, IA