SMFA Interlibrary Loan

Our Interlibrary Loan service enables Tufts students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials from libraries worldwide. If you need an item that is not available at a Tufts library, you can submit a request through our interlibrary system, ILLiad.

  • Log on to ILLiad with your Tufts username and password.

  • Choose the type of request you’d like to place from the menu on the left, and fill out the form.

  • You can request to borrow books and video recordings, and request scans of book chapters and articles. 

  • You can also place ILL requests through Libraries Worldwide, which allows you to search thousands of library catalogs at once. Libraries Worldwide, formally WorldCat, is a great resource when you aren’t sure exactly what you’re looking for, because it allows you to search for subjects, authors, and keywords.

    • When you find an item you’d like to request, click the title to open the record.

    • Click the blue Request Item through Interlibrary Loan button.

    • This prompts you to log in to ILLiad with your Tufts username and password.

    • You'll then see the ILLiad request form with the item information already filled out. Add any other details needed before submitting.

  • You'll be notified by email when your item(s) arrive. 

  • You can keep the items as long as the other library allows - we'll tell you the due date when you pick up your item. 

  • Renewals are sometimes possible, but often not. For best results, log in to ILLiad and request a renewal several days before your item is due.