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Interlibrary Loan: How to Use Biddle ILL

About Biddle Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows Penn Law students, faculty and staff to request books, journal articles and book chapters that are not available through Biddle or Penn Libraries.  You will be notified via email when your requested book has arrived and is ready for pick up at the Biddle Circulation Desk. Article and book chapter requests will be sent to you electronically. We regret that there are occasions when we cannot obtain a book or a scan for you through ILL.  Should this happen, we will notify you and provide other options whenever possible.  Please note: it has been our longstanding policy that we do not borrow via interlibrary loan any course materials that students are intended to purchase. 

LAW JOURNALS: All ILL requests for cite checking must be placed by Research Editors who will receive specialized training for Fall 2021.

For help with ILL requests, please contact the Biddle Interlibrary Loan Team.

Getting Started

Biddle Law Library's new interlibrary loan system interfaces seamlessly with our online catalog, Search Center.  Before you begin your search session, use the button in the upper right hand corner to sign in:   

Choose the appropriate login method for your patron type and check “remember my selection”.  PLEASE NOTE: Penn Non-Law patrons are not eligible to use Biddle Interlibrary loan.  You may use interlibrary loan through Penn Libraries.

Login with your PennKey and password and two-step authentication.  Your first name will then appear in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  Now you are all set!

Getting Books

Locate the record for the print book you want to request and click on the title.

If the item is unavailable, under Check Availability, the Request Item through Interlibrary Loan button will appear.

When you click on this button, the form will auto-populate with the bibliographic information and your patron information.  You do not need to include your phone number.  Then click SUBMIT REQUEST.

You will receive an email confirming your request and informing you of the ILL Request Number.  Please refer to this number if you need to correspond with the Biddle Interlibrary Loan Team.  You may also login to your Patron Portal to check on the status of your requests through the link in your confirmation email. You will receive an email when your book is ready for pick-up at the Biddle Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library.  

 

 

Getting Articles, Book Chapters & Customized Requests

If you need a journal article, book chapter, pages from a multi-volume set or there simply is no Request Item through Interlibrary Loan button in Search Center, it’s super easy to create a customized interlibrary loan request through your Patron Portal!

Be sure that you are logged into the Patron Portal and choose Requested from the top menu.  Then click Create Request.

A form will open, pre-populated with your patron information.  Fill out the form as thoroughly as you can.  Thorough and correct citation information means that we will deliver exactly what you need in a timely manner.  Feel free to add explanatory information in the Comments field.

Click the SUBMIT REQUEST button.  You will receive an email confirming your request and informing you of the ILL Request Number.  Please refer to this number if you need to correspond with the Biddle Interlibrary Loan Team.  You may also login to your Patron Portal to check on the status of your requests through the link in your confirmation email. 

Renewing & Returning Books

All Biddle Interlibrary Loan books may be returned to the Biddle Circulation Desk or to the bookdrop immediately next to the library exit.

Unless otherwise indicated, you may request renewals of your interlibrary loans online via the Patron Portal.   You must request a renewal prior to the item's due date.  Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library.  If a renewal is not granted, we will automatically place another ILL request for you.  You may hold the copy you have until the new copy arrives.  When you come to the Circulation Desk to retrieve the new copy, please return the original. 

If you have any questions, contact the Biddle Interlibrary Loan Team.  Please include the ILL number on the book strap and the title of the book in your email inquiry.