Ordering Books & Articles

WIU faculty, staff, students, and retirees can use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to borrow items not owned or accessible through WIU Libraries.

Books & Other Materials | Articles

Illustration of a bookOrdering Books & Other Materials (e.g., movies, music)

1. WestCat

Please search WestCat (WIU library catalog) before ordering from another library. If you are unable to find your item in WestCat or it's already checked out, proceed to I-Share.

2. I-Share

Order items from other I-Share libraries (plan ahead; average arrival = 3-5 business days):

  1. Connect to I-Share. Sign-In with your ECOM username/password.
  2. Search for the book(s).
  3. When you have found a book, go to its full record and click Request From I-Share Button.
  4. Select "Preferred Pickup Institution" and "Preferred Local Pickup Location" (e.g., Western Illinois University; Malpass Library).
  5. Click on "Send Request".

If you are unable to find your item in I-Share (or it is unavailable), then submit your request through ILLiad...

3. ILLiad (Ordering Books & Other Materials, OR Articles)

Use ILLiad to request all articles, as well as materials that are unavailable via WestCat & I-Share (plan ahead; average arrival = 10-14 days for books).

  1. Login to ILLiad (ECOM username/password)    
  2. Click the Create Request button.
  3. Select and complete the correct form, either: Receive scanned copy of article or chapter OR Borrow the physical book or media.
  4. Click the Submit button button to finish.

Note: If you find what you want in the WorldCat catalog, click the Submit button button. This will take you directly into your ILLiad account and pre-fill the form with correct item information.

Please call (309) 298-2705 for assistance.