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Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery Services (ILLiad)

Need materials that the Library does not license or own? Are you on rotation? Try ILLiad

What is Interlibrary Loan?


Do you need articles, books, book chapters, or other research materials not owned by the Des Moines University library?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a FREE service for faculty, students, and staff of Des Moines University. Another way to think of this service is document delivery.  Just let us know what you need, and we'll obtain a pdf or hard copy of the material on you behalf.

The library uses a software called ILLiad to make this service possible. The ILLiad system allows patrons to place requests, track requests, and view ILL borrowing history.

To get started, fill out a one-time registration form to set up an ILLiad account. Need help? See Step 1: Create Personal Account.

How can you make your requests known to library staff? Its super easy!  After you create an account, you rarely need to fill out forms or copy and paste anymore. ILLiad does the work for you. See our Step 2: Make a Request to learn more.

After you make a request, then what? See our Step 3: Get Your Material to learn how to retrieve your requests.


Members of the public are not eligible for ILL services. We encourage all public patrons to use their local public libraries for all ILL needs.

How Long Do I Have to Wait?

Generally we can get article pdf's within 5 business days. Often we can get journal pdf's sooner, maybe even as fast as a day or two.

Books or other print documents will take longer to receive as we have to wait for another Library to mail out the item.  This makes it hard to predict a time line, but you should expect on average 5-10 business days.

ILLiad Tutorial

Des Moines University Library
library@dmu.edu
515-271-1537