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Interlibrary Loan: Home

General Information

Interlibrary Loan hours of operations  9:00am - 5:00pm    Monday Through Friday 

Contact Information  Email :   

                                        Phone : 216-368-6424

Interlibrary Loan Service

Interlibrary Loan is used to order books and articles not available at the Health Sciences Library.

How do I order Interlibrary Loan material?

Items can be ordered through Illiad, the electronic Interlibrary Loan ordering system.  Please use the following link to access the Illiad system for the Cleveland Health Sciences Library.

If you are new to Illiad, click on the first time users link under the login box to register for an Illiad account.



Before ordering material, please check the e-journal portal  and the library catalog to see what you can access online or in print without putting a requesting in Illiad.


What are the requirements for an Illiad account?

You must be a current faculty, staff or student in the Nursing, Dental or Medical School and other Health Sciences related departments to get an Illiad account with the Health Sciences Library. Residents at University and MetroHealth Hospitals also have access to our Interlibrary Loan services. Once all of the necessary information is filled in, you can start submitting your requests. Please make sure you choose the correct status and department when you register. Make sure you are logging into the correct Illiad site.

Requesting Material

Due to the COVID 19 Quarantine, we are unable to order books at this time. Many libraries are working remotely and do not have access to books and print journals in their collection.

What can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan?

Articles, books, dissertations, and meeting abstracts. We do not order textbooks currently being used for classes, audiovisual material, or study guides. Leisure reading material should be ordered through Ohiolink, online book sellers or your public or county library.

What information is needed to order materials through Illiad?

  •  A complete citation, that includes the journal-title, article title, authors, volume, issue number, date and page number.
  • Book requests should have the title, author and publication year. The publisher’s name publisher and ISBN are always helpful if available.
  • If you have the ISSN, PMID or DOI number please include that information on the request form in box marked ISSN, DOI or PMID.

Is there a fee for Interlibrary Loan Service?

The ILL service is free to faculty, staff, and students, and  resident at University and MetroHealth Hospitals. All other community members, please contact the Interlibrary loan office at 216-368-6424 or for information regarding available service and fees.

How long does it take to receive the ILL material?

An article can take 24 hours or up to 7 to 10 days. Once available, you will receive an email telling you to log into your Illiad account to retrieve your article.  A book can take a week or more, depending on its location and how it is sent. You will receive a email to pick it up at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the Allen Medical Library


Library Assistant

Book Renewals

Can a book be renewed?

 That depends on the lending library. We will contact them, and if they say yes, you will receive an email with the new due date. If the renewal is denied, the book should be returned on or before the due date. Request another copy if the book is needed longer, we will try to get if for you from another library.

How do I renew a book?

  • Please log in to your Illiad account
  • Go to view in the column to left-click then on checked out items and click on the item you want to renew

Then click on the transaction number,  another screen with the book request will open


At the top of that screen click the renewal request button, this will send a message to let us know to contact the lending library for the renewal.



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.