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Eastern Washington University Libraries

Interlibrary Loan


Need something that EWU doesn't own? We can help!

EWU provides two services (Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Summit) through which you can borrow materials that are not available at EWU. 

Interlibrary loan takes 2-5 business days for articles and up to 7-10 business days for physical materials (i.e. Books, DVD/Blu-Ray, etc.). We try to request from local libraries first and then further out if necessary. The time it takes depends on where the book or article is coming from.

If your request comes back unfilled it is because we have exhausted all borrowing possibilities. In this case we will let you know why we cannot borrow it and still try to offer alternatives by doing the following:

  • Purchase a copy for the library and place a hold on it so you can check it out as soon as it is processed.
  • Provide you with contact information or other details so you can try to find a copy directly

Please take a few moments to look through this self help guide before you start. If you have questions or comments please contact us!

Getting Started

Whether you use Interlibrary Loan, Summit or Primo, you will log in using your username and password (SSO).

Log into your ILL account

Please read the important copyright information before you start (see below)

Important Copyright Information

Compliance with Copyright Law

By registering to use interlibrary loan services and submitting requests for materials, users accept responsibility for complying with United States Copyright Law. 


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of those specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Check First

We may have it here at EWU already!

Before ordering, be sure to check: