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Before placing a request with the IDS office, please be sure that you have done the following:

Request Books/Media

  1. Check the online catalog to be sure NIU doesn't already own the item.
  2. Check I-Share to make sure you cannot get the book from another university library in Illinois. If you find your item here, you just need to click Request from I-Share Libraries and then follow the directions.
  3. If you can't find your item in the Local Catalog or in I-Share, search WorldCat. Each record in WorldCat contains a link to order the item via NIUILLiad: via NIUILLiad InterlibraryLoan. Click the link. If you have not authenticated previously you will be redirected to this page and are required to enter your credentials below. Follow the directions to place your request.

Request Articles

  1. Check our e-Journals page to search for the journal that your article is from.
  2. Search for the journal in our online catalog. Search local holdings only. If you find the journal here, double-check the holding information at the bottom of the record to discover whether the library has the journal you need as a hard-copy.
  3. If you don't find that NIU owns the journal electronically or as a hard-copy, submit a request for the article. If you have not authenticated previously you are required to enter your credentials below. Follow the directions to place your request. (Note: SFX also links to this form.)

Enter your NIU issued ID and password below. Click on Logon to NIUILLiad to continue:

Please check Frequently Asked Questions if you want to know more about NIUILLiad. A guide describing interlibrary loan services of NIU Libraries' can be found at Interlibrary Loan: Information Delivery Services.

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