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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Occasionally, your research needs may include materials outside the range of our 239,000 bound volumes of books and periodicals. When this happens, we may be able to borrow the item(s) for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). If you have any questions, please contact our ILL department,

Set up Your Interlibrary Loan Account

The first time you request an item, you will need to set up your account and enter your contact information in the system. After authentication, you will pass through to the ILL patron portal where you should enter the information requested, then click “update” to save.

Request Interlibrary Loan Materials

General Interlibrary Loan Information

  • Who may borrow through Interlibrary Loan?
    Interlibrary Loan Service is available at no charge to currently enrolled Monmouth University Students with valid ID cards. Monmouth University faculty (adjuncts must be currently teaching), administration, and staff with valid ID cards may also borrow through Interlibrary Loan. Persons with delinquent or blocked accounts may not borrow through Interlibrary Loan.
  • What may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?
    We accept requests for books and for articles from journals and newspapers that are not owned by the Monmouth University Library.
  • What materials may not be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?
    Libraries generally do not lend the following kinds of materials through Interlibrary Loan:  
    • Reference books, rare books, special collections, etc.
    • Microfilm
    • Government documents
    • Audio/visual material
    • Reserve books
    • Text Books and required course materials available for purchase at the university book store
  • How are requests submitted?
    Requests for books and articles may be submitted by completing the electronic forms. Please take note that patrons must check the library’s holdings to ensure that Monmouth University Library does not already own the needed materials.
  • How many books or loaned materials patrons may borrow through Interlibrary Loan?
    Patrons may check out up to 15 ILL books or other loaned materials.
  • How long does it take for Interlibrary Loan materials to come in?
    On average, materials arrive from the lending library in 2 to 3 days. However, the amount of time needed to receive ordered materials varies. ILL services are heavily dependent upon other institutions’ workloads and other conditions beyond our control. When an item is requested, there is no guarantee the item will be available for loan and that it will be received in an expeditious manner.
  • How long are loans for?
    Loans are generally for one month. The due date is set by the lending library. Some materials may be stipulated as “In Library Use Only” or “No Renewals” by the lending library.
  • What is the policy regarding renewals?
    In order to renew interlibrary loan materials, email the Interlibrary Loan Department at least 1 week prior to the current due date. If the item is already overdue, it cannot be renewed. The ILL department will request renewal from the lending library and respond to you via with either a renewal date or a negative reply. Interlibrary Loan materials are only allowed one renewal which is at the discretion of the lending library.
  • Where should Interlibrary Loan materials be returned?
    Do not use book drops. All ILL materials should be returned to the circulation desk or the interlibrary loan office.
  • What is the policy regarding overdue/lost materials?
    You are responsible for any overdue, damaged, or lost charges imposed by the lending library. Account with the overdue ILL materials/fines will be blocked from placing new interlibrary loan requests. Failure to return ILL materials or failure to pay the fines/replacement costs may result in the loss of the ILL privileges and blocking of registration and/or graduation.
  • Where can you pick up your interlibrary loan books?
    You will be notified by the email when ILL materials are received and ready to be picked up. All articles will be electronically delivered to your email account. If you need hard copies, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department. ILL books for students will be left at the circulation desk to be picked up. ILL books for faculty, staff members will be delivered via campus inter-office mail.

Contact Information

ILL staff can be reached Monday through Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm.732-571-4416 or e-mail