Answered By: Denise Brush
Last Updated: Jun 06, 2017     Views: 15

ILLiad is the electronic system you use to request an item through Interlibrary Loan. The name ILLiad is an acronym for InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database.

How is ILLiad better than traditional ILL systems?

  • You will find it easier to submit your interlibrary loan requests. With ILLiad, you enter your name, address, and other personal information into the system only once, at the time of your first request.
  • Your request will be handled more rapidly and accurately as problems relating to misinterpretation of hand-written requests are eliminated.
  • You can get many of your photocopies more quickly through Electronic Delivery.
  • You can get information about the status of your request through the Web at any time from any location without having to call the ILL Department.
  • Library personnel are able to serve you better because all data about your request and its handling is stored in a searchable database. We are able to respond quickly to your inquiries about your request. We are also able to gather statistical information about the performance of the libraries that lend to us, enabling us to make better decisions when choosing a lender to supply an item.

Are there any disadvantages to the electronic system?

Some people might find it troublesome to have to log into ILLiad using a username and password. We believe this is less trouble than traditional paper and electronic systems which require you to enter your personal information with each new request.