Interlibrary Loan, also known as ILL, is a service for obtaining materials (books, media, and journal articles) that the PLU Library does not own.

ILLiad is the name of the software program used to create your account where you make, track, and retrieve your ILL requests.

  • ILL is available to PLU community members:
    • Currently registered PLU students
    • PLU faculty (regular, visiting, or emeriti)
    • PLU staff and administrators
  • ILL is not available to alumni

For others that are not considered to be part of the PLU borrowing community, please contact  your current educational institution or local public library for interlibrary loan services.

  • Journal articles
  • Single book chapter
  • Books
  • Music scores
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Microfilm

E-Books are not available to borrow because of licensing agreements

Dissertations/Theses require permission from a librarian and are often not available to borrow

ILL is free to you.  The PLU library covers the cost of obtaining library items and shipping materials as well as any associated copyright fees.

  • Undergraduates: Limit of 15 active requests
  • Graduate: Limit of 15 active requests
  • Staff: Limit of 10 active requests
  • Faculty: No limit

The PLU Library is a member of a number of consortia, both local and national, that agree to share materials.

Ways to submit a request:

  1. Through a direct link when searching the library collection or databases (EBSCOHost, ProQuest, etc.)—the link will automatically fill in the form with the article/book information.
  2. Submit a request using the request form in your ILLiad account.  Please give us a complete citation (title, author, date, journal, pages).  

Remember to check the library collection to see if PLU owns or has access to the item before requesting materials.

First time users will need to create an account.

On average:

  • Articles arrive in 2-5 business days.
  • Books and other “loan-able” materials arrive in business 7-10 days.

If you no longer want an item you requested, please cancel it.

  • Login to your ILLiad account
  • Under “View” click on “Outstanding Requests”
  • Click on the “Transaction Number” of the request you wish to cancel
  • Click on “Cancel Request”

If there are problems canceling an item, please contact the ILL office at or 253-535-7508.

  • Username problem: Contact the ILL office at or 253-535-7508.

Password problem: Visit the ILLiad home page (  and click on “Forgot Password” to reset it.

  • Articles need to be picked up within 14 days and saved or printed. After that they are deleted from the server.
  • Unclaimed ILL books are returned to the lender after 14 days. NOTE: If you repeatedly request items and do not pick them up, your ILL privileges may be restricted.

  • Most articles are delivered electronically to your ILLiad account or your PLU e-mail as PDF files.

Books, DVDs, CDs, and Microfilm can be picked up from the shelves labeled “Interlibrary Loan” next to the library’s front desk.  You must check these items out at the front desk.

  • Items may be kept approximately 2-4 weeks. The lending library sets the date.
  • Renewing an item can extend the time to another 2 weeks but must be done before the due date.

Renewals can be requested through your ILLiad account or by contacting the ILL office at or 253-535-7508.

There are no fines from PLU.  However, if PLU receives a bill from the lending library (because the book is long overdue, lost or damaged), the cost will be added to the patron’s library account.  There are no refunds.

Renewals can be requested through your ILLiad account or by contacting the ILL office at or 253-535-7508.


Libraries generally renew items once for 2 weeks. However some libraries do not allow any renewals.  Libraries can deny a renewal and may recall the item as well.

To Request a renewal:

  • Login to your ILLiad account
  • Under “View” click on “Checked Out Items” and then
  • Click on the “Transaction Number” of the book you wish to renew.  
  • Click on “Renew Request.” It is up to the lending library to determine a new due date or to deny it.
  • You will receive an email either way.

If there are problems renewing an item, please contact the ILL office at or 253-535-7508.
If a renewal request is denied, or there are no renewals allowed, request the item again through ILL and every effort will be made to obtain another copy.

  • ILL borrowing will be blocked once an ILL book is more than 14 days overdue.
  • The block will be removed once the overdue material is returned.
  • If PLU receives an invoice from the lending library for the replacement of overdue material, those fees will be passed along to the patron.  There are no refunds.

  • Recently published books are too new and may not be shared.
  • Rare, very old books, or archival materials are usually non-circulating.
  • Dissertations and Master’s Theses are often held by one or two institutions and are non-circulating.
  • E-books are not shared due to licensing agreements.
  • Errors in the citation

If you have questions, please contact the ILL office at or 253-535-7508.

Most libraries do not borrow and lend textbooks. Also, items can not be kept for an entire term.

ILL is available to provide supplementary materials you might need for class-related research, but which are not owned by the PLU library.  Purchasing textbooks and other class-required books is viewed as a normal part of college expenses.

We are located in PLU’s Mortvedt Library at the front desk.