If we don't have a book or article here at WSU, we can borrow it from another library. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about our interlibrary loan service. Have a question not answered here? Check our Interlibrary Loan policies page, or contact me for an appointment today.
Interlibrary loan is a way for Krueger Library to get materials from other libraries all over the world. It's "free" for WSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, emeritus faculty, and retired staff members.
To request an item through interlibrary loan:
- Use the Find It! button in most databases to see if Krueger Library has the item.
- If not, click on "More Options" and "Request this item via WSU Interlibrary Loan."
- Enter your barcode (username) and last name (password), check to see the form filled out correctly, check the copyright box, and click go.
The barcode is the 14-digit number on the back of your WSU I.D. Your password is your last name.
When your book comes in, you will receive an email from Interlibrary Loan. Books and other physical materials will be held for you at the Krueger Library circulation desk, just inside the main door.
Your article will come to you electronically, so keep an eye on your email.
Sometimes, the email will come from WSU's Interlibrary Loan office, with the article attached.
Most of the time the email will come from Minitex, with a URL and a pin number for article retrieval. Note:
In most cases, you have 5 days and 5 attempts to retrieve your article. We suggest you download your article to your computer the first time you log into Minitex. Once you download the article, it is yours to keep.
It depends on where the book or article is coming from. Some articles will be emailed within a day or two. Some are harder to find, and will take longer. Leave 3-7 days for books. If the book is at a library far from here, it will take longer. Request early for greatest success!
WSU-R students are welcome to search the Krueger Library databases using their WSU username and password. However, Goddard Library is your home library. To request materials from Krueger Library, please use Goddard's Interlibrary Loan forms
If you request an article we do not have in the databases or on our shelves ("in print"), you will receive it in your email. We are happy to scan print articles and mail you books from our collection. To get articles scanned, fill out the article form
. Request a book using the book form
. For all requests, in the notes field, write “distance student.”
Decisions on interlibrary loan renewals are made by the lending library, not by the WSU library. To request an interlibrary loan renewal, click on "My Account" from the WSU Library Catalog
. Click on ILL Requests (on the right). Click on the number for each item you wish to renew, and click on the "renew" button.
If the lending library grants the renewal, the status will change for that item to "renewal granted." Otherwise, the status will indicate "renewal denied." Note:
You are responsible for returning interlibrary loan materials by the due dates.
If the computer will not let you request your materials, please call Susan Byom at 457-5139 to ask for her assistance, or you can also send Susan an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have problems with your WSU I.D. (not validated, blocked because of overdues, or expired) either fill out the Barcode Problem Form
or come to the Circulation Desk to have your I.D. checked before picking up your materials.