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Interlibrary Loan: What is it?

To students both new and returning, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can be a huge question mark.  What is it? How can ILL assist me in my academic career? What does ILL look like at Wesleyan? Who can I contact to learn more?

My name is Natasha Zinsou and I am currently the Interlibrary Loan Clerk at TxWes. I process and submit all ILL requests from TxWes students, faculty, and staff.  ILL is a free service provided to you as a current member of our Ramily.  As defined by the Interlibrary Code for the United States, ILL is the “process by which a library requests materials from, or supplies materials to, another library...[to obtain] material not available in the user’s local library.”

Basically, if you need it and we don’t have it then ILL will try to get it for you! This includes books, articles, and A/V materials.  Requested items can take a few days to arrive on campus or electronically, so if you need something don’t wait until the last minute! 

For more detail on our specific policies, FAQs, and all online forms, please visit the ILL webpage.

Please feel free to contact me directly with questions or concerns about your Interlibrary Loan experience at Texas Wesleyan University.  Open hours for ILL are typically from 7:30AM to 3:30PM Monday-Friday but may vary.  The best way to reach me is via email.

Go Rams and good luck with the semester!

Natasha Zinsou

zinsou@txwes.edu

817-531-4808

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I am both a current student & an alumnae.I'm trying to access some search result items which are "Interlibrary Loan", but am told I must be logged in. Where is the login portal & do I use my Ramlink or another login? thanks & please advise, Linda Lee - Schmedel
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Hi Linda - as a current student you should have full access to ILL services (assuming you are in good standing with the university and the library) through the library website. If you are using the EDS "Search Everything" tool from the library website, it should give you an option to request an items through ILL assuming we do not own it. If that does not work or you can't find it, you can always go directly through the ILL webpage. I have pasted the link to the ILL webpage below and it has three sections listed on it. On the page, under #1 you can access the library catalog and journal finder to search for items. Under #3 you can open the online request forms for books and articles. On those forms, simply input your information, and then the title, ISBN or ISSN, and all other relevant information for what you need. The more information you provide, the easier and faster it is to process your requests. I hope this addressed your concern. If you still need more assistance, please email (this is the best way to reach me) or call and I will be happy to continue to assist you! Natasha https://westlibrary.txwes.edu/resources/ill

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