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Interlibrary Loan

A guide to obtaining books, articles, scores, and other material that is not owned the Roosevelt University Library

Interlibrary Loan Requests

Books, Scores, Media


  • The I-Share catalog gives you access to materials from other libraries in Illinois that are members of CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.) Always check the I-Share catalog before requesting through WorldCat Interlibrary Loan.

WorldCat ILL

  • If a book is unavailable in the Roosevelt or I-Share catalog, you can search for it in WorldCat and request it with your Interlibrary Loan account. Books obtained through WorldCat typically have shorter due dates than those obtained through I-Share, and the fines associated with WorldCat are high and cannot be waived. However, WorldCat is a good option for obtaining rare or hard-to-find books.



  • If you have found an article for your research but are limited to citation or abstract only within the EBSCO, ProQuest, Gale, JSTOR, or other library databases, try searching for the journal title in the catalog. You can also try using Google Scholar, as sometimes the article is freely available. 

  • If you cannot find the full text of the article, you can use WorldCat Interlibrary Loan to submit article requests, view received articles, and track current and past requests for articles. You can often use the link in the database where you found the citation or abstract labeled "ILL" to make your request. To log in to WorldCat Interlibrary Loan, use the same NetID and password as you do for the catalog, databases, and Blackboard. 


ILL Guidelines

Material that is NOT available through WorldCat Interlibrary Loan

  • Textbooks

  • Entire issues of a journal

  • Reference, historical, or genealogy materials

  • Videos, DVDs, CDs, microforms


Copyright limitations

Due to copyright limitations for interlibrary loans, if the library does not subscribe to the journal title we can only request five articles from that journal within a calendar year. 


WorldCat Fines

Lost Interlibrary Loan books are subject to fines/fees determined by the lending library. This will often be the cost of the book plus a processing fee. A hold will be placed on your Roosevelt account until the fine is paid. 

The lending library may also recall Interlibrary Loan books at any time. Failing to return the book on time is also subject to late charges determined by the lending library. 

If you have a fine on your account, please contact us at so we can remove the block. You can use the Fine Payment Portal for the library if you have a fine to pay on your account. 

Contact Us

Murray-Green Library

312-341-3639 or

Schaumburg Campus Library

847-619-7980 or

Performing Arts Library

312-341-3651 or

A note about Textbooks

We understand that textbooks can be expensive, but our library policy prevents us from borrowing textbooks through WorldCat Interlibrary Loan. Lending libraries expect their material to be returned within the allotted time; typically, that is three weeks and much shorter than you would need for the semester. You can try I-Share for textbook borrowing, but the same lending periods generally apply to I-Share.