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Library Services for Faculty: Interlibrary Loan

What is ILL?

Interlibrary loan is a process that allows EMU patrons to borrow resources that EMU does not own or have access to.

How to request items

This tutorial shows you how to request an article through a database.  


EMUshare is EMU's ILL management system.  All requests must be placed through EMUshare.  EMU patrons should use their Royal username and password to login to EMUshare.


What kinds of materials may I request?

  • You may request all kinds of materials: books, journal articles, videos, etc.  We may not be able to get some items.  Some libraries do not lend current books, reference works, or audiovisual materials.  It all depends on the lending library's policies.  We generally don't request materials owned by EMU.  If an item is checked out, you may place a hold on it through TIND.  Please check to see if EMU owns materials before requesting them, using TIND for books and the A to Z (EMU Periodicals) link for articles. 

How soon will I get my materials after I request them?

  • Items that must be mailed will take longer than items that can be sent electronically.  We generally say items can arrive in as little as 2 days or up to a couple of weeks.  Please plan accordingly.

Do I have to pay for interlibrary loan?

  • No.  We don't ask EMU patrons to pay for ILL.  The staff does their best to get materials only from libraries that lend without charging.  At times materials are only available from libraries that charge.  The library staff will work with you in these cases.  

How long can I keep materials I request?

  • This depends on the lending library's policy.  For returnables such as books and videos, the due date is listed on the ILL book strap.  EMU patrons are expected to return these items when they are due.  There is a $5 per day fine for overdue ILLs.  Most libraries do not renew ILL book but you can request a renewal though your EMUshare account. You will be notified either way.  Journal articles are yours to keep.  Students who do not take classes in Harrisonburg will have ILL materials mailed via UPS along with a return label.  Please make sure you mail the materials back before the due date so we can return them on time.

How will I know when materials are here?

  • You will receive an email when materials have been received by the ILL staff.  For books, videos and other returnables, students at the EMU main campus may pick them up at the main desk of the Hartzler Library.  

ILL Staff

For our library patrons who want to borrow materials from other libraries:

Contact Jennifer Ulrich

phone: 540-432-4173


For other libraries who want to borrow materials from our library:

Contact Audrey Shenk

phone: 540-432-4172