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Library Policies and Practices: Interlibrary Loan

About Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows NSU students and faculty to obtain books and articles not available locally from other libraries for teaching, learning, research and recreation. Books, photocopies of journal articles, government documents, microfilm copies of newspaper articles, newspapers on microfilm, theses and dissertations can be borrowed. Requests are subject to the policies of the lending library.

Only students, faculty, staff of NSU, BPCC, LSMSA and Friends of the Library may use ILL.  If you are taking or teaching courses at any NSU campus you may use this service. Average time to receive a request is 3-5 business days.

NSU Libraries fill requests on a library-to-library basis; If you are not near one of our campuses, contact your local public or parish library. They can request items held by NSU or any other location and materials will be delivered to that library.

Access the automated Interlibrary Loan system ILLiad at

ILL is free to all faculty, staff and students. Friends of the Library pay transport fees at cost.

Getting Started

Watson and Leesville library users click the "Request" button.  Shreveport Nursing Center library users should click the "Shreveport" button to see other options for article delivery.

The Log In Screen

First Time User Registration

First time users will be directed to a screen that explains the registration process and the requirements for using the ILLiad system.  At the bottom of the screen, click the button for First Time Users to access the registration form.

Registration Form

Fill out the form completely including all required fields.   Many patrons choose to use the same username/password combination they are issued by the university to register for ILLiad.  This is recommended, but not required.

When you have completed the form click the submit button at the bottom of the page.

What Do You Need?

After you've registered, you will go back to the login screen and enter your new username and password.  The next step is to tell us what you need.  If you need an article that isn't full text and isn't in our print collection, select Article Photocopy from the menu on the left.  You can also order books, book chapters, theses and dissertations, and other media.

Article Request

To request an article, tell us all the information about the journal the article appears in and the specific article you need.  The more info you can supply, including the database where you found the citation to the article, the better!

Book Request

Again, the more information about the book including full title, author, publisher, place of publication, and date of publication you can give us, the easier it will be to locate a copy for you.  If only a certain edition will do, let us know that as well.

What Happens Next?

At any time after you have placed your request, you may log back into the ILLiad system to check the status of your requests by scrolling down to the Review Requests menu and selecting View/Modify Outstanding requests.

When your item arrives at the library, you will receive an email notifying you of the arrival so you can pick the item up from your designated library. In the event that the article is delivered in electronic format, you will receive an email informing you that the article is available and providing you with a link to access the article on the ILLiad server. Please note that electronic articles are only housed on the server for 30 days, so print and/or save the article as quickly as possible. If you have received a book, thesis, reel of microfilm, or other physical item, please note any restrictions placed on use of the item by the lending library. For example, some libraries require that their material be restricted to “Library Use Only.” Also, note the date the item is due back. You can renew items through the ILLiad system, or by contacting the Interlibrary Loan office.

As long as your account is active, you will have access to a complete history of all material you have requested through interlibrary loan including requests that were not filled.

Contact the interlibrary loan at 318 357-5465 for more information.

Interlibrary Loan

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Jackie Hawkins
Watson Memorial Library
Northwestern State University
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