Requesting Books and Articles Through Interlibrary Loan

If you are unable to get what you need through the library’s print or online resources, the library will try to get the material from another library through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) is the library’s system for requests to borrow books, articles, dissertations, etc. This service is available at no cost to students, staff, and faculty of the University.

To use this system, you need to set up an account by logging in with your NetID. Articles usually arrive as PDFs in your ILLiad account within a few days. Print books can take a week or more to arrive and must be picked up at the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

Non-University of Nevada, Reno users should consult the library’s information on Interlibrary Loan policies and costs.

Ordering Materials


To order works through Interlibrary Loan, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).
  2. Enter your NetID Username and Password and click on Logon to ILLiad.
  3. One time only: The first time you use ILLiad, you will have to register to make sure the library has the correct information to notify you when your requested items are ready.
  4. Under New Request in the left menu, select the type of item you need, such as Book or Article.
  5. Fill out the required fields and Submit Request.

The library will contact you by email when your request is ready.

Accessing Interlibrary Loan Through Library Search


If you are searching for works in Library Search and have the box checked next to Add results beyond your library, you may find works that the library does not own or subscribe to. Click on the Interlibrary Loan link under How to get it to go directly to ILLiad.

Screenshot of the "How to get it” information from Library Search with a link to Request from Interlibrary Loan.

If you click on a link to Interlibrary Loan from Library Search, you will see that the ILLiad form is filled out automatically. Make any changes you need and submit your request.