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West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-430-4400
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Interlibrary Loans

Telephone: 610-436-3454

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service through which materials not owned by the Library may be requested from other libraries. Requestors will be notified when the items have arrived and are ready to be picked up at the Circulation desk. Before requesting material, check the library catalog (PILOT), to make sure Library does not own or have electronic access to what you want.

E-Z Borrow (PALCI)

E-Z Borrow is a combined catalog of over twenty regional academic libraries from which you can request books directly.
Use the 14- or 16-digit number located on the back of your WCU ID card.
Currently only books are available through E-Z Borrow. Reference books, rare books, and other non-circulating books are not available. Journals (periodicals, newspapers) and articles in them are not available.
Available in 2 to 3 days. Borrowers may hold books up to four weeks.


ILLiad is an online request system for journal articles, dissertations, books (not available through E-Z Borrow) and other materials from libraries worldwide.
Available in 5 to 10 days
See the WCU Libraries video Getting Articles through Interlibrary Loan

What Can be requested through Interlibrary Loan?

Books and Government Documents: Books and government documents not owned by the Library can be borrowed in their original form or microform.
Photocopies of articles: Copies of articles from journals, newspapers, and books not owned by the Library can be requested.
Dissertations and Theses: Many American Libraries will not lend the original copies of dissertations and theses. Check at the Reference Desk for how to obtain dissertations and theses on microform.

What Cannot be requested through Interlibrary Loan?

Rare Books and Manuscripts: Libraries generally do not lend rare books and manuscripts. However, it is sometimes possible to purchase a copy, in which case the Interlibrary Loan Office will process the request the request and pass along the cost to the requestor.
Reference books: Reference books are generally not available through Interlibrary Loan.
Library materials: The National Interlibrary Loan Code does not permit the Library to lend its own materials through Interlibrary Loan to members of the WCU community. The Library does not lend books on Reserve, books charged out to other users, materials at the bindery, or books in non-circulating collections.
Books published in the current year: The National Interlibrary Loan Code does not permit the Library to borrow books published during the current year. Photocopies of articles published during the current year may be requested.


Books: Books are lent for from 1 to 4 weeks depending on the policy of the lending library. Materials are sometimes designated for library use only.
Photocopies: Photocopies of articles become the property of the person requesting them.
Fines: Users are responsible for any replacement or overdue fines charged by the lending library.