Scientific and other scholarly literature is created and published at a tremendously fast rate, and in thousands of different journals, websites, and books. Unfortunately, it's impossible to subcribe to every resource, journal, or monograph that a library user might need. However, through our interlibrary loan services, we can help you borrow materials you need, wherever they are.
At the IUP Libraries, we offer two primary means to acquire materials by interlibrary loan: PALCI EZ-Borrow, and ILLIAD.
IMPORTANT: Before using either ILL service, use the Library Search to make sure IUP does not already own the item. If the IUP Libraries owns an item that you requested, and it is currently available (i.e., not checked out) your request will be denied.
There is no cost to the library patron to use either PALCI or ILLIAD.
PALCI lets you search catalogs at other libraries for books that the IUP Libraries do not own, and then submit a request to borrow that book. PALCI has the following characteristics:
ILLiad is used across the country as an interlibrary loan system for academic libraries. Here at IUP Libraries, we recommend the use of ILLiad to acquire journal articles, dissertations, and books that cannot be found via the PALCI system mentioned above.
Before you can use ILLIAD, you will have to complete a profile setup, so that the ILLIAD system knows where to send materials. This process takes only a few moments (just click on "First-time User" to set yourself up), and once you've completed it, you will be taken immediately to the ILLIAD request form. ILLIAD has the following characteristics:
IUP's librarians have created several useful guides that can help you with library research, accessing resources both on- and off-campus, and citing your sources properly. Some key guides to check out are listed below.