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Library Orientation Guide for Students


You are not limited to materials just in this library...this page will give you options for finding materials outside the library.  Learn how to obtain books on loans and copies of articles from other libraries here.  

Set Up Your ILLiad Account

Before you can submit your first Interlibrary Loan request, you need to set up an ILLiad Account.  

Start on the Interlibrary Loan page and click on the "Login to Your ILLiad Account" 

Fill out the form that will ask you for your contact information, this only needs to be done once.  After that, you can submit requests.  

You will receive an email when your request is available.  Articles are sent to your ILLiad account electronically and will stay for 30 days, so make sure to download them right away.  

Interlibrary Loan

Our Interlibrary Loan department can help you obtain articles and books from other libraries*. That means if you need something we don't have access to here at UMass Dartmouth, you can still get it. 

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NOTICE: Sorry, textbooks and other loanable material (DVDs, CDs, etc.) required for UMass Dartmouth classes that are available for sale at the campus store may not be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Requesting Articles

To request an article, please fill out the article request form. You will receive an email with a link to your ILLiad account when the article is available for download. The turnaround time is largely dependent upon the loaning institution, so we can't tell you when you will receive the article. However, most article requests are filled within a week.  

If you need more help or step-by-step instructions, please contact us.

Book Requests

You can request books by filling out a book ILL request form. As with article requests, the turnaround time is largely dependent on the loaning institution.  That said, you can expect an average book request to take about 1-2 weeks.  

When your book arrives, you will receive an email notification.  You will pick up your books at the Access Services Desk, which is located on the library's first floor. 

You can also request specific chapters from a book, and if the lending library is able, they will scan and email you the chapter(s). Fill out the book chapter ILL request form to receive only specific chapters (generally not more than two).

Request Fun Reading Through ComCat

ComCat (Commonwealth Catalog) is a collection of public and academic libraries in Massachusetts.  This is a great way to find fiction and lighter reading.  

Contact the Interlibrary Loan Department

Do you have a question about your Interlibrary Loan request or would you like to request a renewal?

Phone: 508-999-6951


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Kari Mofford
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Claire T. Carney Library
Room 238
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747