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Interlibrary Loan Borrowing FAQ

FAQs for Cornell patrons requesting ILL materials from other institutions.

1. What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan is a free service for valid Cornell staff, faculty and students. You can request Mann Library to borrow items (books,articles, media, microfiche, etc) from other institutions when none of the Cornell Libraries own the items you need for your research.

2. Who is eligible for interlibrary services?

Any registered student, current faculty or staff with a patron record in Voyager, Cornell Library's database, has interlibrary privileges. If you are part of the Cornell community but away from campus, we may have just the right service for you. 

3. How do I request an interlibrary loan?

If you have not already registered for Interlibrary Loan services at Cornell, go the Interlibrary Loan website. Please choose Mann Library as your ILL Processing Unit while registering. Requests can be submitted from the same site.

Patrons can now also request interlibrary loans from within the Cornell Library catalog. After searching for an item and finding it unavailable at Cornell, click the Borrow Direct or Worldcat Libraries button in the Get This Item section of the item record.

4. I am working for a professor. How do I make requests on somebody else's behalf?

This is a two step process:

  1. Ask your supervisor to set you up as a proxy.Only staff or faculty can authorize a proxy.
  2. Create an ILL account at the Interlibrary Loan site with the project name or supervisor's name and NOT your personal name. We assume that you will have access to the password in order to make requests on somebody else's behalf.
5. What are the restrictions on ILL loans?

Loans obtained through ILL do not belong to Cornell and run the risk of getting misplaced. In order to avoid such situations, ILL requires the following:

  1. ILL items must be picked up and dropped off at the Circulation Desk of your ILL unit.
  2. Do not return in the drop box.
  3. No more than two renewals are permitted on ILL loans.
  4. Do not take ILL books out-of-town.
  5. When you pick up the book, read the book band carefully for instructions.
6. How do I track my requests?

All requests can be tracked online on the same site used to make requests.

  1. Logon to Interlibrary Loan
  2. Click on "Review All Requests" and choose among various options.

If you have any questions about the status of your requests, please email mann_ill@cornell.edu.

7. How do I get a list of all items currently charged out, and their due dates?

To see a list of all items currently charged (Cornell, Borrow Direct, and Interlibrary Loan) and their due dates:

A list of charged Interlibrary loan items can be found from the ILLIAD Account page by clicking on the Checked Out Items link in left side bar menu.


8. How do I request a renewal on ILL loans?

Renewals are not guaranteed but we will try our best to obtain a renewal for ILL items.

  1. To request a renewal on an interlibrary loan item, go to the ILL webpage and logon.
  2. Choose the "Review All Requests" button at the top of the page.
  3. Select "View/Renew Checked Out Items" and submit the item that you want renewed.
9. What are the possible fines for late return of ILL materials?

Patrons receive three overdue notices over a period of 10 days from the due date. After 10 days, your ILLiad account is blocked which means you can no longer submit requests. Within 5 business days your circulation account will show a fine of $100.00.

$75.00 is for replacement cost and $25.00 is a late fine. If the item is returned in the future and remains in good condition, the $75.00 fine is waived. The $25.00 late fine is non-negotiable and needs to be paid at the Mann Circulation Desk.

10. What should I do if I forget my username and/or password?

If you have registered with Mann ILS and have forgotten your password, please send an e-mail to mann_ill@cornell.edu. If you have registered with some other ILL unit on campus, check here for contact information.

Contact Us

Don't see an answer to your question on this page? Please contact the Interlibrary Services Department at mann_ill@cornell.edu or call (607) 255-7754 (M-F 9 am - 5 pm).

If you would like assistance with citations prior to submitting requests or if a request has been canceled due to a problematic citation, please contact our Information & Research Help Desk at mann-ref@cornell.edu or (607) 255-5406.