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Reference Department: Interlibrary Loan Services

LibGuide for the LIU Post Library Reference Department.


Interlibrary loan service is temporarily not available. We are working toward restoring this important service. Virtual reference services are available via the library's main page. In addition, the Library's electronic resources, including e-journals, e-books, and streaming content, are available 24/7, through the library website. Thank you for your understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please rest assured that we are working diligently to assist our users with their information needs. Please check back for updates.​

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)

What Is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan serves to expand the range of publications available to the LIU Post community. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students may request that publications not owned by any LIU campus library be borrowed from other libraries.

If you would like to recommend that the library purchase a book for its collection click here.


How do I request publications through interlibrary loan?

Eligible borrowers should use the ILLiad interlibrary loan system to request books and periodical articles.
However, to request books that are owned by another LIU library, please use the "Request" link in the LIU online catalog.
Faculty, students, and staff who wish to have a copy made of an article that we own here should use the Digital Delivery Request Form.

When filling out these forms, always provide the source of your citation. The source may be a database, a published abstracting service, or a footnote in another publication. Please include both the name of the source and the citation number or page number where you found the citation.


How will I receive the articles and books once they arrive?

Articles you requested will be delivered to you electronically.  In some cases, you will receive an email stating that the article is now available in your ILLiad account and providing a link to that account.  In other cases, you will receive the article directly as an email attachment.

Books you requested must be picked up at the circulation desk in the library.  You will receive an email notifying you when the book is available.  You will need to present your currently valid LIU ID card to pick up interlibrary loan books.  (Faculty members: Please note that if you are sending a student assistant to retrieve a book in your stead, the student must have a permission letter from you along with his or her valid university I.D. card.)

Time Factors
The time needed to fill interlibrary loan requests varies greatly, and it is often difficult to predict how much time will be needed. Please allow at least one week for the delivery of articles, and two weeks for delivery of books not owned by Long Island University. Books owned by other campuses of Long Island University can usually be obtained within a few days. Interlibrary loan periods are determined by the lending library.

In most instances, the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library is able to absorb the costs associated with obtaining books and articles on interlibrary loan. When the costs are unusually high, the staff of Interlibrary Loan will ask you whether or not you would be willing to pay the costs, or whether the request should be cancelled.

It is often difficult and in some cases impossible to borrow certain kinds of library materials on interlibrary loan, since most libraries either do not own or do not lend such items. Items generally not obtainable on interlibrary loan include: rare books, manuscripts, reference books, books about genealogy, standardized tests and measures, audiovisual materials, entire issues of periodicals, scholarly books published during the current year or in some cases the previous year, theses, dissertations, and new textbooks. If you are in need of such items, please speak with the interlibrary loan staff before requesting them.

Important Copyright Information 


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

For additional information, please call Interlibrary Loan at 299-2898, the Reference Department at 299-2305, or email Interlibrary Loan at

ILLIAD InterLibrary Loan account Signup

If the Library does not have the journal and the article you need, order it on Interlibrary Loan.

By signing up for an ILLIAD account you streamline the process of ordering items. You can also track the status of your requests and receive articles electronically.

To Suggest that the Library Buy a Book:

If you would like to recommend that the library purchase a book for its collection click here.

Inter Library Loan Librarian

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Louis Pisha
B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library
LIU Post Campus
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548