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This guide will help you submit a request for an Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Keep In Mind

Here are a few things to keep in mind when using this service:

  • All materials must be returned to the Russell Learning Resource Center by the due date
  • Loan periods and renewals are at the discretion of the lending library and are not automatic
  • This service is free to students, faculty, and staff of SRC
  • Some items can be difficult to obtain, but we will make an earnest attempt to acquire the item for you


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Jeannette Glover
Russell Learning Resource Center
23235 N. County Highway 22
Canton, IL 61520
(309) 649-6603

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Created by Marla Turgeon
Updated by  Jeannette Glover 1/2022

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that allows SRC students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials that we do not have from another library. If we don't have something you need in the Russell Learning Resource Center, you can request it through ILL and we will look to see if we can borrow it from another library. 

Through ILL you can request:

  • Books
  • Articles
  • DVDs/Videos
  • etc.


The SRC library uses and belongs to a consortia of Central Illinois libraries sharing a library automation system. Which means, we share our catalog with other libraries in the area. The catalog, called RSAcat, is named after the consortia, Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA). 

Here's an overview of some of what RSAcat can do for you:

  • Search for items in the SRC library and in other (or all) libraries in the region
  • Place holds on items to have them sent to the LRC in Canton or Macomb
  • Manage your checkouts, holds, fines, and lists from your catalog account
  • Browse new items in the collection using the "carousel" on the catalog home page
  • Text or email item information to yourself to keep track of what items you'd like to borrow

How Does ILL Work?

Illinois Library Delivery Service (ILDS)  is a courier service that transports library materials between participating Illinois academic and research libraries to support interlibrary resource sharing in the state of Illinois. 

SRC typically receives deliveries from ILDS on a daily basis from public, academic and research libraries around the state of Illinois. If we are receiving materials from libraries outside of the state of Illinois, the wait will be longer depending on if it comes through USPS, UPS or FedEx. Typical wait time is between 5-10 days. If it takes longer, do not hesitate to reach out to ILL staff for questions. 

Once the LRC has received them item from ILDS or through another avenue, the LRC staff will notify the student, faculty member, or staff that the requested item is available for pickup. If the student, faculty member or staff is not on the Canton campus, LRC staff will then route the items through the inter-campus delivery system for pickup. On the Macomb campus, items can be picked up in the Macomb LRC; and on the Havana and Rushville campuses, materials can be picked up at the front desk.