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A guide to library resources for Chemistry research

Using InterLibrary Loan

InterLibrary Loan is a service that allows patrons to request books and articles from libraries across the nation. If Tech doesn't have exactly what you are looking for, you can place a request and have the item shipped/emailed to you at no charge.

Please allow up to 5 business days for PDFs and up to 10 business days for physical books.

About Interlibrary Loan

The Montana Tech Library uses ILLiad software to handle our interlibrary loan service.  You'll need to sign up for an account, but you'll have it as long as you're at Tech!  Just use the ILLiad link on the library's homepage. 

Use your regular Tech computer login and password-- that's the easiest way to remember your ILLiad login. 

A few considerations for interlibrary loans: 

  • Be sure to check our catalog before making any requests!  ILLiad is not a document delivery service and we don't copy and deliver books or articles in our library.  Sorry!
  • Likewise, if you're in a database on our website, look for links that say "Search for Article", "Link to Article", or "Find the Full-Text".  These links search our resources to see if we have an article or other material.
  • We also don't request books that we own-- it's a courtesy for other libraries so that we're not requesting stuff that we really don't need.
  • Use the correct form:  if you need an article or book chapter, use the Photocopy form.  If you really need the entire book, conference proceedings, or you want a map, dvd, or other single item, use the Loan form.
  • Give us 5-10 business days to fill your request.  We send out requests promptly, but sometimes it takes a while for the libraries on the other end to respond and put things in the mail.