Interlibrary Loan

Due to physical delivery systems being unavailable during our extended closing, only articles can be requested via Interlibrary Loan at this time.

Interlibrary loan is a free service for COD Library card holders. COD students, faculty, administrators and staff members, should only request items through Interlibrary loan if items are not available through I-Share.

Some items may not be requested through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Books published during the current calendar year.
  • Non-print materials such as DVDs, audiobooks, or music CDs.
  • Articles available full-text from COD's print or database collection.
  • Items available through I-Share for students, faculty, administrators and staff.

Get an article from a citation

Sample citation: Bazar, M. (2012). Medicaid planning rules and strategies: A survey of states. Elder Law Report, 24(3), 1-5.
Select the Databases tab from the Library homepage database_link.jpg Select the Journal locator tab In the “Find this Magazine or Journal” section, search for all or some of the Journal Title (do not abbreviate) journal_locator.jpg The Journal Title, Database name(s) and holdings (years owned) will display if COD owns the Journal. If COD Library does not own a journal, submit your request using the ILL Request Forms journal_locator_database_results.jpg Select the database link (You will be required to enter your last name and library barcode number from off campus) journal_locator_volume_issue.jpg Select the year, publication number and issue (working from your citation) to retrieve full text articles in a specific journal issue journal_locator_pdf.jpg Select the PDF full text icon located under the desired journal citation to retrieve the article (print, email and download options are available). Electronic journal articles may be available in PDF and/or HTML formats. A notation that “this Journal is held locally” means that the physical (print) journal is available in the COD Library for duplication. If one of these options does not appear below a citation, request the article via ILL Request Forms

Request a book

  • The Library Catalog

    Search Libraries Worldwide for your book or article in our Library Catalog. The book or article should appear in our catalog even if COD doesn't own it. Click on the book or article title and look for the interlibrary loan request button in the item record:

    ILL request button

    After you click this button, enter your name, Library barcode number, phone number and (optionally) your e-mail address. Your request will be submitted to the Library.

    Note: When using the Catalog from off-campus, you need to sign-in with your Library barcode number before seeing ILL request buttons. Look for the "Off-campus access" link in the top-left dropdown menu or in the blue box in item records:

    Off campus access link Off campus access link


Interlibrary Loan is a free service offered to anyone who has a current COD Library card. You may apply for a Library card at the Circulation Desk.

Journal, magazine, or newspaper articles usually take about 5 working days to arrive. Books usually take 10 working days or more. You will be notified by phone or e-mail (your choice) when the item is available.

Pick up your ordered item at the main floor Circulation Desk in the COD Library after you have been notified by phone or e-mail of its arrival. When the article that you requested is sent to us in electronic form, we will e-mail it to you.

Certain items may not be requested through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Books published during the current calendar year.
  • Non-print materials such as videotapes, recorded music, audiotapes, CDs, etc.
  • Whole issues of journals or articles available full-text from COD electronic indexes and databases.

The lending library sets the due date. If you need the book longer, contact the Interlibrary Loan staff at (630) 942-2166 or by e-mail ( at least three days before the due date. Once the book is overdue, a renewal cannot be arranged. Overdue fines are 25 cents per day per book. Do not contact the lending library.

Return the book to a Circulation Desk in the COD Library.

There are no limits for students, COD faculty, administrators and staff. Community Borrowers may only request/have 10 items per semester.

Photocopies of articles or chapters do not need to be returned. They are yours to keep.

District residents may receive up to 40 books per calendar year through Interlibrary Loan. Due to the current licensing environment and standards, residents are not able to request magazine, journal, or newspaper articles through ILL. District residents may access these resources on campus and at regional center locations. For more information, see our District Resident Policies.

If you cannot locate your item in the Library catalog or in an article database, submit your request using the ILL Request Forms link below:

ILL Request Forms