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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

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

Making Changes to an Interlibrary Loan Request

If you need to make changes to an interlibrary loan request that you have already submitted, or have questions about a requst you placed, please contact the interlibrary loan staff as soon as you are able by emailing or call us at 319-398-5696.


How to Renew an Interlibrary Loan

You may request a renewal of an ILL book before the due date, however the renewal is not automatic:
  • Log in to your Library Account with your K-number and password.
  • Look for the title of the ILL material you want to renew, and click the "Renew" button under the status column. A request for renewal will be sent to the lending library.

Click for an example of the interlibrary loan renewal screen




Click the image above to see the Library Account Screen

Important Notes about interlibrary loan renewals:
  1. Lending libraries may or may not renew your item. If the lending library declines your request, please return the book on or before the original due date. You can request the item again and we will send the requests to other libraries.
  2. Be sure to request a renewal before the original due date. By following this important rule, you will help ensure that Kirkwood Libraries remains in good standing with other lenders.

How to Pick Up Physical Interlibrary Loan Materials

Physical Media (Books, DVDs, CDs, etc.)

  • You will receive email notification when an interlibrary loan item is available for pick up at your chosen location.

How to Retrieve Electronic Interlibrary Loan Material

Electronic Documents (Articles, Book Chapters, etc.)

  • Most articles and book chapters will be sent to you electronically.
  • Once an item is available, you will receive an email that lists a website address and password.
  • Follow the link, then copy and paste the password when prompted.
  • An article can be viewed a total number of five times this way and will be available for 30 days.
  • You are able to download any document delivered this way. Once a document is downloaded, you can access it as often as needed without limitations.

Cedar Rapids Campus Library

Benton Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA


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