The interlibrary loan service helps Georgia State faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students access books, articles, and other materials that are not part of our collections. Those affiliated with the College of Law should use the Law Library’s interlibrary loan service.
ILLiad is the system we use to manage interlibrary loan requests.
Most interlibrary loan requests are free. We subsidize up to $70.00 of the cost of each request.
Before placing a request, first check whether the item is available in the Library Catalog or by using the Find e-Journals link. For books, also check whether the item is available through the University System of Georgia Catalog using GIL Express. GIL Express requests are often faster than interlibrary loan requests.
To place a request, login to ILLiad with your campus ID and password. The first time you access ILLiad, you are prompted to fill out your contact information and delivery location. Place a separate request for each item by choosing the request type from the New Request menu. You can also place requests using the FindIt@GSU button in most databases and the Request via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) link in the library catalog.
When your request arrives, we will email you. Books usually take 1 to 2 weeks to arrive, and articles usually take 1 to 5 days.
Pickup & Return Materials
We deliver most articles and book chapters to you electronically via ILLiad. You can pick up other materials at the library service desk of the delivery location you select when you register with ILLiad.
You can return materials to any book return box or the library service desk at any Georgia State University campus library.
You are responsible for all charges that arise from a failure to return a loan promptly.
Loan Periods, Conditions & Renewals
The lending library specifies the loan period, conditions of use, and renewals for its items. Failure to adhere to those conditions may cause a library to stop lending to Georgia State. Your cooperation is essential to maintaining a good relationship with our lenders.
Please note the following regarding loan periods, conditions, and renewals:
- You cannot request textbooks or required readings for current classes
- Average loan periods range from 2 to 4 weeks
- Loan periods start the date an item leaves the lending library
- The lending library may request the immediate return of an item at any time
- Some items cannot be checked out and can only be used in the library
- You are responsible for all charges that arise from a failure to return a loan promptly
- Some items cannot be renewed
- The lending library must approve (and may decline) any renewal requests
The full interlibrary loan policy document is available for download on our Policies page.
Monitor Request Status, Due Dates & Request Renewals
You can monitor the status of pending requests, view item due dates, and request renewals through ILLiad.
When you request to renew an eligible item, a seven-day grace period is added to the item’s due date. That grace period gives the lending library time to tell us whether it will allow you to renew your item.
If the lending library grants your renewal, we will adjust your due date and email you. If the renewal is denied, we ask that you return the item as close to its original due date as possible.
ILLiad will not allow renewals under the following conditions:
- The lending library specified that an item is not renewable
- An item’s due date is more than five days in the future or more than one day past
- You have already requested a renewal, and the lending library’s response is pending
Faculty Proxy Accounts
Faculty can request a proxy account to allow others to place interlibrary loan requests on their behalf.
The faculty member who requests the proxy account is responsible for the materials borrowed with the account and may distribute the account’s username and password at their discretion.
Please email [email protected] to request a proxy account.