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Interlibrary Loan for Students: How To Use ILL and PASCAL

This guide covers all things ILL and PASCAL for students. Learn what these services are and how to use them.

ILL Dashboard Operations Tutorial (4:10)

How to place, renew, clone, view, etc. ILL requests.

How to Request Articles

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  1. Check our catalog, the Discovery Service, our databases, and Google.
  2. If you cannot access the article using the resources above, sign in or create an account here.
  3. Use the "Journal Article" request form (pictured below). Make sure to be accurate and specific with the bibliographic information (issue & volume numbers, author(s), title, journal title, etc); it will speed up the process. 
  4. Once your article is ready for download you will be notified at the email you gave when you signed up for your account. NOTE: Sometimes the automatic emails go to your spam/junk mail. If we cannot obtain the article you requested, for whatever reason, you will be notified via email.   

How to Request Books Via ILL

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  1. Check our catalog, the Discovery Service, and PASCAL to make sure we do not have the book you need. 
  2. If you cannot get the book you need using the previously listed resources previously, sign in or create an account here (if you don't already have one). 
  3. Use the "Book" request form (pictured below). Make sure to be accurate and specific with the bibliographic information (title, author, etc.) you provide; it will speed up the process.
  4. Once your book is ready to be picked up, you will be notified at the email you gave when you signed up for your account. NOTE: Sometimes the automatic emails go to your spam/junk mail. If we cannot obtain the book you requested, for whatever reason, you will be notified via email. 

How to Request Books Via PASCAL

Before requesting books through interlibrary loan, make sure it is not available through PASCAL. Borrowing books through PASCAL is usually quicker than through interlibrary loan. Remember, PASCAL is for books only!

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  1. Make sure we don't have the book at the library (physically or electronically) by searching CofC Libraries' holdings with our Discovery Service (pascal-cofc.library.cofc.edu). If the book shows as "Available" in either the catalog or Discovery Service, it will not let you request it through PASCAL. 

  2. Search for the book using this Discovery Service link which brings you directly to a search limited only to PASCAL items, and request the book from the record page. . 
  3. Once your book arrives and is ready for pickup you will receive an email at the address from your circulation account. You can always check on the progress of a request by logging in to My Library Account

PASCAL Delivers