Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) lets us get items for you from other libraries. Ready to make a request? You can login to our system with your W&M ID:

Request / Renew Items

What can I request?

You can request any material such as books, articles, DVDs, etc. that are not available at a W&M library. You can also request materials located in our Offsite Storage facility

Faculty and staff can also request books or DVDs available at Swem or the Law Library to be delivered to your campus mailbox through our Library Express Delivery Service. Requests for journal articles and book chapters will be scanned and delivered electronically.

We are always willing to consider purchasing ebooks to fill your virtual needs. Suggest a title to purchase using our online suggestion form. There are also some alternatives for obtaining print books if you are not in Williamsburg:

  • VIVA's Cooperative Borrowing Program
  • Many of Virginia's academic libraries will let you check out books directly from them since W&M is a participating institution.
  • Your local public library - most have an ILL service available.
  • FACULTY ONLY: There is an OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Card available from our office that allows you to use academic collections all over the country - view current list of members (PDF)

Who can make requests?

Only William & Mary faculty (current and emeritus), staff and students can make requests for materials and deliveries. W&M Law school faculty, students and staff should contact that library directly for these services.

When will I receive my materials?

Delivery times vary but most articles are available electronically within 2-3 days. Many books arrive in 5 days or less.

Where do I pick up my materials?

Items designated as "IN LIBRARY USE ONLY" will be held at the circulation desk for use in Swem Library. Other items requested by faculty and staff will be delivered directly to a campus mailbox. (To opt out of our faculty/staff delivery service, please contact us.) Materials received for VIMS users will be delivered to Hargis Library. For all other patrons, you or an authorized user designated in your ILLiad account can pick up your materials from the circulation desk. Please bring a photo ID when you pick up your items.


Contact Interlibrary Loan.