Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
What is an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
- Interlibrary Loan is a service that makes it possible for SHU students, faculty, and staff to obtain copies of books, articles, and other library materials that are not owned by SHU from other libraries. SHU Library, like many other academic libraries, both lends and borrows materials from other cooperating institutions. Sacred Heart University students, faculty, and staff are eligible to use the service. A request form is available below.
Please note: Before requesting an article, a book chapter or book through the library Interlibrary Loan service, please search the Ryan-Matura Library's catalog and Research Databases, our A to Z Listing, making sure the library does NOT own the resource. We cannot request items that we already own. Consult the Reference Desk (203-371-7726) on the 1st Floor of the library if you have any problem with this.
ILL for off-campus and online students?
Many ILL items are electronic and can be delivered to you via email. However, there may be a rare situation in which you need a print item. For students who attend classes online or outside of our main (Fairfield) campus and who are unable to pick up print items at the main SHU campus, but are in need of a physical or print book/article that SHU does not own, we recommend that you:
1. Contact your local public library and ask library staff to assist you with an interlibrary loan. Click HERE to see a list of public libraries in CT.
2. If your local library cannot help, contact the Stamford Ferguson Library (which is across the street from SHU's Stamford campus at Landmark Square) and ask for assistance in finding your print book or article.
3. Finally, if you are unable to locate your item at either your local library or Stamford Ferguson Library, please contact the SHU Reference Desk. We will try to assist you as best we can.