Log on to the Interlibrary Services system with your K-State eID and password. First-time users will need to complete a one-time registration form.
You will be notified via email when your interlibrary loan arrives or if we have questions about your request. You may check the status of your request in your Interlibrary Services account.
Your log on verifies you are eligible to use interlibrary loan services, and it provides security for your account. Additionally, we handle all interlibrary loan requests electronically, which allows us to serve you more rapidly and accurately.
Article requests usually take 2-5 days and book requests 3-10 days to arrive at Hale Library.
While ILS does not offer rush service, we can usually expedite the delivery of a request that is urgently needed. Please notify ILS via phone or email immediately after submitting an urgent request.
No, ILS cannot guarantee an exact delivery date for your request. Many variable affect the delivery of your request, including the length of time the lending library takes to process the request.
If the pages are unreadable, some are missing, or you receive the wrong article:
No. Please contact your local public library for this service.
No. Each account holder should log into his or her account to place requests. Passwords should never be shared with students.
K-State Libraries subsidizes the cost of most items; however, some items, including photocopies, may involve patron charges. Users are always notified of all costs prior to ordering requested items.
NO. ILS does not borrow textbooks from other libraries. Textbooks should be purchased from a bookstore.
Interlibrary loan is intended to be a short-term transaction to aid patrons in obtaining material not available locally. For this reason, it is our policy not to process requests for textbooks.
Some professors may place a copy or two of a textbook on Reserve in Hale Library, but don't expect all professors to do this.
Interlibrary Services can try to borrow dissertations and theses from other libraries, but sometimes we are unable to do so. When this happens, or if you simply prefer to purchase a copy, you may be able to purchase a copy from University Microfilms International. To determine availability search Dissertations and Theses - Full Text. Citations with the "Full Text - PDF" link are available for download at no cost to K-State students, faculty, and staff. Those with the "Order a copy" link are available for purchase.
Your options for purchase are as follows:
Most of the databases on K-State Libraries' website have a "language" field. You'll need to click on the article title (or la link such as "detailed," "view record," etc.) to see the complete information about the article.
Often the databases will translate the article title to English for convenience, but since this can be confusing, be sure to check the complete information to see if the article is in a language you can use.
Yes. Web browsers cache information and create a history file on the local workstation. This allows a subsequent user of the workstation to access the system under your name using the browser's Back button to recall a page from the cache, or by finding a page with your personal information in the browser's history file. If you are concerned about the security of your interlibrary loan requests, you can take the following steps:
The technology that we use sends a Session ID to be stored on your machine. You can refuse this cookie and still be able to use the system without any problems.