ILL allows users to request books, journal articles, dissertations or non-print media not available at the university libraries be borrowed from other libraries. This service is provided to current members of the Lesley University community – students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
Important: All required fields on the forms must be completed as thoroughly as possible. If you would like assistance filling out a form, please contact a Research Librarian.
Plan ahead to allow for the time it will take to receive the materials requested. If you are in a hurry, a reference librarian or staff in the Interlibrary Loan Office can help you find the material at a nearby library or find comparable sources available at the Lesley University Libraries.
What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
ILL is a resource sharing service that allow users to obtain books, journal articles, dissertations or non-print media that are not available at the Lesley University libraries. This service is provided to current members of the Lesley University community—students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
Options for resource sharing include:
Anyone with a Lesley ID may request materials from the 10 member libraries within the Fenway Libraries Online (FLO) consortium. You may request that items be delivered to the Lesley Libraries for pick-up, or borrow items in-person at the member library.
Our ILLiad software allows Lesley University patrons to request research materials not available through FLO, or our electronic resources.
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Who can use these services and how many items can I request?
All members of the Lesley University community may obtain resources from the libraries within the FLO consortium. Limits and policies are determined by the lending library.
The following limits apply to Resource Sharing services through ILLiad:
Students enrolled in an Undergraduate Program may utilize ILLiad services ONLY by referral from a research librarian. Please click on "Get Help" on the green Navigation Bar.
Students enrolled in a Graduate Program may submit up to 5 requests per month during peak periods (March, April, October and November) and 5 requests per day during less busy times.
Students enrolled in a PhD Program, and faculty, staff and administrators may submit up to five requests per day.
Copyright note regarding Interlibrary Loan: The Lesley University Libraries adhere to the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code, Sections 107 and 108), the American Library Association’s Interlibrary Loan Code and CONTU Guidelines. Staff reserve the right to refuse requests, if, in our judgment, fulfillment of that request would involve violation of copyright law.
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*Note: Interlibrary Loan via ILLiad is for one-time, short-term scholarly needs. For a long-term or repeated need, contact Collection Management staff to recommend a purchase.
For articles and chapters borrowed through ILLiad you will receive an automated email notifying you that these are available for download in your ILLiad account. You may also check the status of your requests in the “Outstanding Requests” and “Electronically Received Articles” options of your ILLiad account.
For items other than articles and book chapters, you will receive an automated email notification when the item is available to pick-up at the Sherrill Library. Items must be picked up and returned to that library by the due date.
Faculty and staff may request that books be delivered to their University Office through interoffice mail delivery.
Some rare books, research materials and all microfilm/fiche must be used in the library, though sometimes it is permissible to make copies of the material to keep. You will receive an automated email notification when the item is available to use.
FLO items may be renewed by logging in to the “My Account” tab in the FLO Catalog. Renewal policies and periods are determined by the lending library, so if your renewal is not granted, please contact the library that owns the item for assistance. If you would like further clarification, please contact staff at the Sherrill Library Circulation Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.349.8850. Fines will accrue on overdue items and are determined by the lending library.
ILLiad items must be renewed BEFORE THE DUE DATE. To request a renewal, login to your ILLiad account, open the request and click “Request Renewal” at the top of that page. Renewal policies and periods are determined by the lending library, not by Lesley University, so be prepared to return the item immediately if a renewal is not granted. You will receive an automated email notification to inform you whether or not your renewal was granted, and if so, of the new due date; only one renewal is allowed on ILLiad items.
Sherrill Library | Lesley University, Brattle Campus | 89 Brattle Street - Cambridge, MA 02138 | 617-349-8850
John & Carol Moriarty Library | Lesley University, Porter Campus | 1801 Massachusetts Avenue - Cambridge, MA 02140 | 617-349-8070