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Borrowing Beyond the Tri-Co: Interlibrary Loan (BMC)

What is ILL?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is used to borrow books not found in Tripod or E-ZBorrow, and to request articles available at libraries beyond the TriColleges. Our system for ILL requests is called ILLiad.

You can easily submit a request for an article not available within the TriCollege Libraries by clicking on the request link in Tripod:

You must sign in to Tripod to see the request link.


You can also place requests for books and articles manually by logging in to Illiad via Tripod. First, click, Borrow Beyond TriCo.

Tripod menu bar containing Borrow Beyond TriCo link

Then, choose the link for Bryn Mawr under interlibrary loan.

Bryn Mawr interlibrary loan link

The ILL form will ask for the author, book or author title, and other basic citation criteria. Please provide as much information as you can to ensure you receive the correct item.

We do not charge fees for ILL services. 


Q: Who can use ILL?

Any current undergraduate or graduate student, current staff and faculty member, and emeritus faculty of Bryn Mawr College, can use ILL. Alumnae do not have access to ILL, but can request books from within the TriColleges by contacting the Circulation Desk.

Q: What can I borrow?

We’ll try to get you any articles, books or book chapters, dissertations, videos, and more—and if we can’t find it, we’ll point you in the direction of other departments who can. If an item is too rare or fragile to be requested, the librarians can work with you to find alternatives.

Q: How long will it take?

That depends: articles usually arrive within two or three business days, but books may take up to a week or more. If the item is rare and we have to get it from a library on the other side of the country or overseas, it may take even longer. Please get your requests to us as early as possible so that we have enough time to get your materials to you before your work is due. You can email us at for a status update on any request.

Q: How will I get my requests?

When any item arrives, you will receive an email notifying you.

  • Articles are posted in ILLiad; after logging in, under "View", click on "Electronically Received Articles."  Find the article you want to read, and click on the "View" link for that article; this will download a PDF copy. Articles only remain on the site for 30 days, so print or save them right away!
  • Books will be placed on hold for you in Tripod, and can be checked out at the circulation desk in Canaday Library.  Occasionally, the lending library may require that the book be used only in the library.  We try to avoid this situation, but it may be unavoidable if the book is rare or fragile. 

Q: When are ILL books due?

The loan period for ILL items is set by the lending library; the due date will be shown on a label on the front of the book.  You can also look up the due date in ILLiad under "Checked Out/Renew Items."  Books kept after the due date will be charged $1.00 per day.  The book will also be added to your checked out books list in Tripod. It will take one business day for the correct due date to appear in your Tripod list.  The lending library has the right to recall their books at any time.  If this happens, you will be emailed with a new due date; if the book is returned after this date, it will be charged overdue fees as above. 

Q: How can I renew ILL books?

To request an ILL renewal:

  1. Log in to ILLiad; then, under the "View" heading, click on "Checked Out/Renew Items."
  2. Find the book you want to renew in the list; click on the number shown for that book in the "Transaction" column.
  3. The next page will show information specific to the book; click "Renew Request" at the top of the list.

Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library and are not guaranteed.  When the lending library responds to your request, we will email you the result and a new due date; the due date in Tripod will be adjusted to match this.  Renewals are usually not given more than once.  Some libraries do not grant renewals for their ILL books; this will be noted on the front of the book, and the "Renew Request" link will not appear in ILLiad.  If you would like to get another copy of the book, follow steps 1 and 2 above, then click on the "Clone Request" button to create another copy of your request.