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Requesting Materials

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.

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department offers Scan and Deliver service for Tulane Uptown campus faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students (not including the Law school). The service includes scanning journal articles or a book chapter or less from the library’s circulating print collections and delivering electronically to the faculty’s or student's interlibrary loan account within two business days. Special Collections materials are not included in the service.

Faculty and students will submit a request using the Article or Book Chapter form on the Interlibrary Loan web page. To comply with U.S. copyright law, only one book chapter or less or one article from a periodical issue is allowed per request. 

Faculty and students who have not previously used Interlibrary Loan will need to fill out their Interlibrary Loan account information prior to submitting a Scan and Deliver request.  For more information or assistance, contact the Interlibrary Loan office at or (504) 865-5610.

Tulane faculty, students, and staff may request pickup services for circulating print materials from the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Rudloph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, and Offsite Depository locations using the Request Delivery function. Materials will be checked out to your library account and made available for pickup at the H-TML Check-Out Desk. Please request materials 24 hours in advance. A limit of five items per daily request applies.

To reserve an item for pick-up, find the item online and navigate the availability section as shown below. Select REQUEST DELIVERY and a new menu will appear. You will need to login to your library account to access this feature.


* To request an item to be mailed, write a note in the COMMENT section and provide your mailing address. Email or call (504) 865-5689 for assistance.

Interested in using media in your teaching, learning, and/or research? Visit the following link for more information on reserving media.

Media Reserves | TU Libraries (

If you are interested in developing or adopting open educational resources (OER), visit the following sites and contact our team at

OER Commons

Open Access Publishing - Library Guides at Tulane University

Home - Open Educational Resources (OER) - Library Guides at Tulane University

If you are interested in learning more about borrowing from the Tulane University Libraries, feel free to visit the following link:

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