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Interlibrary Loan

The University Libraries strive to fulfill all the information needs of the University community. When material is not available in the UMass Lowell libraries or in our full text databases, UMass Lowell faculty, staff and students may request it from another library. To find books from other libraries, simply search the catalog. You will be simultaneously searching UMass Lowell material as well as the collections of our partner libraries in the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), as well as libraries across the country.  Results are prioritized by availability so the items that can be in your hand most quickly are listed first. Material that you can borrow immediately from the UMass Lowell Libraries will appear at the top of the list. Items in BLC libraries will appear after our own material. Materials in other libraries in Massachusetts are listed next, followed by libraries across the country and beyond.  You will be able to see which group holds an item in the first level of results. It will appear in green text as “Libraries that own this item.”

Requesting Material

If a book is owned by the UMass Lowell Libraries, click on the title to see if it’s available (not checked out), which library it's in and what its call number is.  If you would like to borrow the book, just come into the library retrieve it from the shelves and check it out at the circulation desk. If the book is held at Lydon Library but you want to pick it up at O’Leary Library, you can make that request in our Online Catalog.  Books will usually be delivered within 48 hours. (More on picking up Lydon Library books at O’Leary Library.)

Boston Library Consortium Material

If the book you would like is not available here, you can request that we borrow if from another library for you.  Simply click on the title. A list of libraries that own the book will appear. If the book is owned by a BLC library, you will see a blue box on the right side that says, “Request this item.”  Click the box to begin your request.  You will be asked to select your library.  UMass Lowell Libraries are usually preselected, but will be shown in the drop down menu if not.  You will then be asked for your “username” and password. (You must be registered for borrowing privileges at the UMass Lowell Libraries will be able to use this system. If you are not yet registered, see below.) Your username is usually your UMS number (without the UMS). In some cases your username is the 16 digit number found on your UML ID card. If you have not set a password for your library account, click "Set/reset password" you will receive an email directing you to set your password.  Once you log on, you will able to specify at which library you would like to pick up the requested item(s). You can also add special instructions here, but unless there are extremely critical instructions, it is best to leave these empty in order to expedite processing. (For example, typing I need this ASAP! will actually slow the request by moving it into a review status instead of automatically moving on to the loaning library.)  Click “Continue” to submit the request.  It is helpful to write down your request number. Requests for items are usually filled within a few days if the requested item is available from a Boston Library Consortium institution.

Other Libraries Material

If the item you would like to request is not available at UMass Lowell or from a BLC library, we will request it for you from abnother library. Such items are usually delivered in about 7-14 days.  You will be notified by e-mail when the book is ready for pick up or if it is not available. To request items from other libraries, click on the blue box that says "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan." You will be prompted to log into ILLiad. First time ILLiad users will be asked to register for the service by providing contact information and their UMass Lowell ID number. They will choose a username and password with which they will log onto the system in the future. The best username is your UMS number and you are strongly encouraged to use that. When you log into ILLiad from the catalog, you will see the request form already filled in with the item information. Check to make sure that the information is correct including the date after which the material is not needed. Once you are satisfied that the information is accurate, click "submit" at the bottom of the page.

If you are not registered for borrowing privileges

If you are a current UMass Lowell student, staff or faculty member who is not registered for borrowing privileges with the UMass Lowell Libraries, you may still request items through Interlibrary Loan. Just scroll down until you see the blue box marked "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan." You will be able to register and request material through ILLIad.

For more information, please see Interlibrary Loan

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