UMass Lowell Library Resources for Graduate Students

Using Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is the way that the library gets the full text of articles which it does not own but has access to. It is a very efficient service, usuallly producing your articles within 24 hours.

 When material is not available in the UMass Lowell Libraries or in our full text databases, students may request it from another library. When you search the catalog, you are simultaneously searching UMass Lowell material, the collections of our partner libraries in the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), and libraries across the country. Results are listed by availability so the items that can be in your hand most quickly appear first.  You will be able to see which group holds an item in the first level of results. It will appear in green text as “Libraries that own this item.”

To use Interlibrary Loan you must be logged in to the library. ILL requires you to create an additional account, which you can do from the page linked here.

For information about how to use Interlibrary Loan, see this guide.


Once you have established your Interlibrary Loan account, and are searching a database and discover an article you want, you can request that article through ILLIAD, a service of OCLC, and you do not need to migrate to UML's interlibrarary loan page: you can complete your request from within the database.