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Faculty Orientation to Tulane University Libraries (TUL)

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) allows Tulane students, faculty, and staff to borrow physical items like books or DVDs, or receive scans of articles or book chapters, that are owned by another library or supplier.  At Tulane University Libraries, ILL is offered at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences.

Tulane University Libraries use an automated system called ILLiad to process and track ILL requests. Users create accounts in ILLiad that they can use to request books, articles or other materials not owned locally. 

Login: To use ILLiad, users login with their Tulane username and password using either of the links below depending on their campus affiliation. Law school affiliates should request interlibrary loans through the Tulane Law Library.

Items available through interlibrary loan typically include: books; journal articles; microfilm; dissertations and theses; and government documents.  Items usually not available through interlibrary loan include whole issues of journals and periodicals (except for items held at the Matal Library); rare materials including manuscripts; reference materials; genealogical and heraldic materials; many dissertations, especially those printed prior to 1970; books published within the last year, including current fiction; and current textbooks. For questions regarding the availability of an item, contact the Interlibrary Loan office at or (504) 865-5610 for assistance.

Scan & Deliver

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) departments at Tulane University Libraries offer a Scan and Deliver service that scans journal articles or book chapters from the library’s circulating print collections and delivers them electronically to a student's or faculty member’s interlibrary loan account.

What is Scan & Deliver?

  • A service you can use to request PDF scans of articles and book chapters you can’t access in full text online 

What can I request through Scan & Deliver?

  • Articles from academic journals and other periodicals (max. 1 article per same issue)
  • Book chapters from books we do and don’t have in Tulane University Libraries (max. 1 chapter per same book)

What can’t I request through Scan & Deliver?

Who can use Scan & Deliver?

  • All Tulane downtown and uptown campus faculty and students (not including the Law School)
  • Note: Faculty & TAs can use Scan & Deliver to request PDF copies of required course readings

How fast will I get my scan?

  • Within 2 business days following your request

How do I place and receive my request?

  1. Log into your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account with your Tulane username and password (select Howard-Tilton Memorial Library or Matas Library of the Health Sciences depending on your affiliation)
  2. If it’s your first time using ILL, fill out the registration page
  3. Fill out a New Request--Article OR Book Chapter
  4. Wait for an email notification telling you your documents are ready to download from your ILL account
  5. Log into your Interlibrary Loan account to access your scans from View—Electronically Received Articles 

For more information or assistance, contact Howard-Tilton's Interlibrary Loan office at or (504) 865-5610.

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