University Libraries

West Chester University

25 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-430-4400
Fax: 610-738-0554
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Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service for WCU students, faculty, and staff that gets you a book, article, or other material not available at West Chester University Libraries. We work with libraries around the world to get you this material.

If you need a: Please use:
Book EZ-Borrow, then ILLiad (check EZ-Borrow first. If item is not available, use Illiad)
Textbooks We are unable to get textbooks for current WCU courses through ILL; more info on your options.
Article ILLiad
Thesis ILLiad
Microfilm or microfiche ILLiad
Book chapter ILLiad, please include both the book title and either the chapter title or page numbers of the chapter. Please submit one chapter at a time.

Have a question about your interlibrary loan? Contact us: 610-436-3454 or illoan@wcupa.edu

Distance Students

If you are a distance student, here's a guide to getting WCU library materials sent to you:

If you need a: Please use:
Book Distance Student Book Request Form
Textbooks                 We are unable to get textbooks for current WCU courses through ILL; more info on your options.
Article ILLiad
Book Chapter ILLiad, please include both the book title and either the chapter title or page numbers of the chapter. Please submit one chapter at a time.

Are there restrictions on what I can request through ILL?

In general, we can't get you:

  • Textbooks required for current WCU courses
  • Books published within the last 12 months
  • Certain video, CD, DVD, and microfiche/microfilm materials
  • Certain dissertations/theses

How do I get the book or article I requested through ILL?

You will receive an email letting you know when your material is ready. Articles, book chapters, and other shorter material are usually delivered online. You will pick up books at the Circulation desk on the 2nd floor of FHG Library.

Where do I return my ILL book?

You bring it back to the Circulation desk on the 2nd floor of FHG Library, unless you are distance student.

What happens if I’m late returning my ILL book?

WCU Libraries does not charge any fines for ILL books. However, the university that owns the book you borrowed may charge you a fine.

What happens if I lose my ILL book?

We won’t charge you for it, but the university that owns it will charge a replacement fee. You may be able to buy a replacement copy instead, but the lending university must approve it. Since it’s so variable, please give us a call or send us an email to discuss what you can do at this point.

What’s the difference between E-Z Borrow and ILLiad?

  • E-Z Borrow is for books only. Your book will be available in 2-3 days and you will have it for 60 days (no renewals).
  • ILLiad is for all types of materials; articles and book chapters will generally be available in 2-3 days. Books can take from 3-10 days, and you will typically have them for 28 days (it varies, and renewals are sometimes possible).

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