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First Time User Registration for Interlibrary Loan

What is InterLibrary Loan?

If an item you're looking for is not owned by Columbus Metropolitan Library, any CLC library, or available through SearchOhio or OhioLINK, we may be able to borrow the material from another library in the United States through a service called Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Through ILL it is possible for you to obtain books, microfilm, and articles. You may have up to 10 active requests at a time.

How will ILLiad help you?

  • You can place your ILL request online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • You only need to register your contact information once.
  • You can check the status of your ILL request online at any time.
  • If you have email, you will be notified when an item has shipped to your pickup library.
  • You'll be notified by email or U.S. mail when your request is ready for pick up at your library branch.
  • You can request renewals of your ILL loans online.

About your Username and Password

During registration, you will be asked to choose a Username and Password. You will use this Username and Password when logging on to the ILLiad system in the future.

Choose anything you like, such as your name, abbreviations, or an alphanumeric code.
Choose anything you like. We recommend that you follow good security practice and choose a password that is different from those you use to access other systems.
ILLiad will encrypt your password, so it will remain secure. Only you will know your password.

Important Copyright Information


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 these 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 judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

ILL FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Before registering, you may wish to read the ILL FAQ. The FAQ may answer other questions you have about the ILLiad interlibrary loan system.

By pressing this button you acknowledge and agree to all of the terms and conditions above. Please pay particular attention to the copyright statement and the ILLiad FAQ. After reading this information, you can press the "First Time Users Click Here" button to continue.