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Important Notice

The Login for interlibrary loan and managing your library account are not the same as your VWU login credentials.  Speak with a librarian for additional guidance or follow the instructions linked in the box.

Tips for Saving Yourself Time

Before submitting a request, please verify that our library does not have the item.

Looking for a book, CD, DVD, or video? Search our online catalog.

Looking for an article? Search Journal Finder.   An instructional video can be found here.

Search for the article online using Google.  Use the author's last name followed by the title (first author if multiple).  Some articles are freely available on the web.

If you are unable to locate the print copy of a journal or magazine in the library, please speak with a library staff member. Some of our print periodicals are stored upstairs. We will be happy to retrieve the volume(s) you need.

Please observe a limit of 10 requests per week.

Can I get current textbooks?

Textbooks are difficult to obtain ILL because:

  • few textbooks are held by libraries
  • textbooks are often non-circulating items

We do not recommend trying to obtain a textbook via ILL, because the patron will not be allowed to have it the entire semester and only 4-6 weeks. 

How long does ILL take?

Please allow approximately 48 HOURS for receipt of copies and 7-10 DAYS (not including weekends) for receipt of loans. Many items may arrive quicker, while items available at fewer libraries may take longer to obtain.

How do I submit an ILL request?


WorldShare Discovery allows you to manage all of your ILL requests in one secure location. You can check the status of your active ILL requests and view your previous requests. WorldShare also eliminates the need for you to provide your personal information with each request.

Click HERE for access.

Follow the instructions in the document at the header to register.

This will not automatically recognize your VWU credentials. You will need to register to activate your account in this new system.



Interlibrary Loan Tutorial

Additional information related to ILL

Research Librarian

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Stephen Leist
Liaison to the Birdsong School of Social Sciences

FACULTY: Would you like to recommend the item for purchase?

Faculty: If you would like to suggest the library purchase the item you need, please complete our Book Purchase Request form instead of submitting an interlibrary loan request. If the item you need is a recent publication (within the past two years), the library may be able to obtain a copy at a better price through our Acquisitions Department.