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Interlibrary Loan (ILL): ILL - General Info

Use this guide to place interlibrary loan (ILL) requests.

What is ILL?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service through which you can borrow materials from other libraries that are not available at Denver Campus Library. Service is restricted to currently enrolled JWU students, faculty, and staff.



The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Request an ILL

To request an Interlibrary Loan:

  1. Check the Denver Campus Library's collection first.
  2. Check local libraries next (see the Find it at Another Library tab on this guide).
  3. If you have determined the item is not available at any of the locations mentioned above, then complete the online or .pdf forms located to the right.

If you have questions, please consult the ILL FAQ page or contact the Library's Information Desk.

Helpful Tips

Interlibrary Loan requests consume a fair amount of time on both the borrowing and lending libraries parts. As well, it will often take 1-2 weeks for patrons to receive their requested materials.

Before requesting an ILL,

  • ask a librarian for help identifying similar materials available in the Library's physical and/or electronic collections.
  • exhaust all local resources first. These include the Denver Campus Library, the public library and the University of Denver's Penrose Library collections.
  • take the time to carefully review citations. Request only those materials which seem most useful for your research. Be selective.

When requesting an ILL,

  • make sure the information you provide on the form is as accurate, complete and legible. Incomplete and/or illegible forms will delay the processing of your request.
  • specify on the form if there is a date by which the material is no longer needed.

ILL .pdf Form

ILL requests can also be submitted in print form. Please return requests to the Library's Information Desk during operating hours.