ILLiad Interlibrary Loan is a free service for UIW students, faculty and staff. It allows you to borrow materials from other libraries that we do not own. These days a good library is measured by the kind of access it provides (not how many materials it owns), and UIW Libraries can obtain materials for you from around the world.
PDFs of articles usually take 3-5 working days; materials delivered to the library will take longer.
Set up an account following the Borrow From Other Libraries link in the Quick Links list on the library's main page. Near the top of the next page is the link labeled Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Account. ILLiad is the software we use for interlibrary loan requests.
For complete information regarding ILL policies, click here.
Before requesting an ILL,
When requesting materials via ILLIAD,
WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
For more information on copyright, click here.
TexShare is a free service that allows you to borrow a limited number of items from other Texas libraries. Bring your UIW ID to the Reference Desk to obtain a TexShare card, which will be good for one semester (each semester, you will need to get a new one). When you visit a participating library to borrow materials, you will need to show your UIW ID and your TexShare card. It is up to you to return the materials you borrow by the due date set by the lending library.
All public libraries and most academic libraries in the State of Texas accept the TexShare card. For more information on the program, please visit their site at TexShare.
TexShare allows you to borrow materials, but keep in mind that you usually do not need any sort of special permission or card to study or use materials in other libraries. If, for example, you live closer to UTSA, you may wish to visit their library to study and use their materials in-house. A TexShare card is necessary only if you wish to borrow materials. If you plan to visit other libraries, whether for in-house studying or to borrow materials using your TexShare card, it is always a good idea to ask about their visitor policies.
It is easier than you might think to discover if another library owns the title you need. If the library is out-of-town, you can make an ILL request. If the library is in town and you want to get the material immediately, use your TexShare Card to borrow the book in person. We can, of course, obtain interlibrary loan materials from local libaries for you as well.
Search WorldCat, a catalog to which libraries all over the world contribute. Once you click on the title for which you are searching, you'll be taken to a page with more descriptive citation information and an option that looks like this:
|Availability:||Check the catalogs in your library.|
Choosing "Libraries worldwide that own item" will show you all the other libraries in the world that own that title. Because we are in Texas, it will show Texas libraries, in alphabetical order, first.
|US,TX||AMBASSADOR UNIV LIBR||ACL|
|US,TX||ANGELO STATE UNIV LIBR||ANG|
|US,TX||AUSTIN COMMUN COL||TAC|
|US,TX||AUSTIN PUB LIBR||TXG|
|US,TX||BRAZOSPORT COL LIBR||BPJ|
|US,TX||COLLIN CNTY COMMUN COL DIST||CQC|
|US,TX||DALLAS CNTY COMMUN COL DIST||TDJ|
|US,TX||DALLAS PUB LIBR||IGA|