The best method for discovering and requesting books is the library's online catalog. Simply search for books you would like and click on the title. If the item is not available in the UMass Lowell Libraries, you may click the blue Request box on the right. We will try to obtain the material from another library for you.
The University Libraries also use a system called ILLiad for Interlibrary Loan requests. Use ILLiad when you already know the name of the book or article you would like.
First time ILLiad users will be asked to register for the service by providing contact information and their UMass Lowell ID number. They will choose a username and password with which they will log onto the system in the future. The best choice for username is your UMS number.
Please allow sufficient time for your request to be processed. The turnaround time ranges from 2 to 14+ business days, but the Interlibrary Loan Department cannot guarantee delivery by a specified date or that a particularly rare item will be available at all.
Interlibrary Loan: Hours and Addresses
84 University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854
Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
ILL Department (1st floor)
61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
What May Be Requested
Items that are not owned by the UMass Lowell Libraries.
Items that are owned by the UMass Lowell Libraries that are declared lost or missing.
Items that are owned by the UMass Lowell Libraries that have been checked out to another user.
What May Not Be Requested
Items that are listed on the library catalog as "not checked out" or "routed."
Materials that are owned by the UMass Lowell Libraries that are available in the Reference Department, Special Collections and Archives, or on reserve.
Entire issues or volumes of journals.