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Madigan Library: Interlibrary Loan


How To Use Interlibrary Loan

Requests can be placed a number of ways.  The most common way is while you are searching our databases for articles and books.

Need an article that is not in one of these databases?  Look for these links first:


  • Click on the link that says Check for full text

EBSCO check for full text link


  • Click on the link that says Check for full text

Gale check for full text link

Google Scholar

  • Click on the link that says Get It @ Madigan Library

Google Scholar get it at Madigan Library link


  • Click on the link that says Check for full text

ProQuest check for full text link

Once you've clicked on one of the links as shown above, look for the following:

  • If a link to the full-text is not found in another database, you will see the message information We were unable to find direct full text links for this item.
  • Click on the button to Request It from Interlibrary Loan

  • Sign into your library account using your PCT credentials

library login page

  • Verify that the information is correct on the request form and click Submit Request.

Need to request a book not owned by the Madigan Library?


  • Click on the link that says Request it from Interlibrary Loan

request button location

  • Login to your library account, and once you are logged in, the book request form should be populated with the information for the book you are requesting.
  • Verify that the information is correct and click Submit Request.

You will receive a Request is being processed confirmation email that your request was submitted.  To track the status of your request:

my ill requests

  • The status of the request will show on the right-hand side

status of interlibrary loan requests

Books, Videos, & Other Physical Items

  • You will get an email notifying you that the ILL item(s) you requested are ready to be picked up at the Main Circulation Desk.


  • You will get an email notifying you that your article has been posted to your library account.
  • To access articles, either click on the link in the email notification, or login to your library account and choose My ILL Requests.

Note:  An article is only available for 30 days or 5 views, whichever comes first; be sure to download a copy to your preferred digital storage space (e.g., H:\ drive, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) so you have access to it after the link expires.

Some ILL materials are able to be renewed. Keep in mind that renewals are determined by the lending library, and some requests may not be renewable.

To request a renewal, email

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Zachary Hanford


LIB, Rm. 104D

570-320-2400, ext. 7914

Can I get an interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loans are used to obtain items that are not available at the Madigan Library. Current Penn College students, faculty and staff may request interlibrary loans. PCT alumni and community patrons are not eligible for this service and will be directed to use the public library for this service.

What is the cost for an interlibrary loan?

It costs you nothing to get an interlibrary loan, however patrons will be charged for all items not returned along with any associated lost book fees or late fees.

How long will it take to get my interlibrary loan request?

Please allow two weeks to receive your request. For some items, it may take longer.

Where do I pick up my interlibrary loan?

Journal articles will be delivered electronically. Books, DVDs, and other items shipped must be picked up at the Main Circulation Desk. Users will be notified by email when a requested item has been received or if there are any problems filling a request. Items that are not picked will be returned to the lending library.

Patrons will be required to acknowledge receipt of materials by signing and dating their ILL request form at the time of pick up.

Please return books to the Main Circulation Desk.

How long can I keep my interlibrary loan?

The loan period for books is determined by the lending institution. Usually, the loan period is four weeks. The patron is responsible for returning the borrowed item(s) by the due date to the Main Circulation Desk. Renewal requests can be made by logging into your library account. Patrons will be charged for all items not returned along with any associated lost book fees or late fees.

Institutions that loan materials, including Penn College, reserve the right to recall items at any time.

Are there items I can't borrow through interlibrary loan?

Items that typically might not be requested include:

  • Entire volumes or issues of periodicals (only specific articles may be requested)
  • Reference books
  • Textbooks*
  • Old/rare materials, including manuscripts
  • Items less than six (6) months old
  • Requests which may violate copyright limitations
  • Computer software

*ILL is not a substitute for required textbook purchases for classes.  Textbook requests will automatically be canceled.

Can I get a dissertation through interlibrary loan?

Often, dissertations are only available at the issuing institution. Not all libraries will loan them. There is no certainty that a request for a dissertation can be filled or that you will receive it in a timely manner. ILL staff can usually determine the lending policy of the institution that holds the dissertation.

What are the policies regarding copyright and interlibrary loan?

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for a purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If an individual uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in it’s judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.