We are now offering limited interlibrary loan services, primarily of already digitized content. For specific questions related to interlibrary loan, please contact staff at illcm@umbc.edu.

UMBC Interlibrary Loan Service

The Interlibrary Loan Service allows patrons to request materials needed for their research that are not owned by UMBC.

ILL is available at no charge to current UMBC faculty, students and staff. However, a cap may be set on the $ amount requested for payment.

Although Interlibrary Loan gives you access to many more resources, it may take longer than other means of access. The average delivery time is 5-10 business days. Always start your research early for the best results. You may want to contact the Reference Desk for assistance in locating other in-house or online materials.

Note: Patrons must be logged into their myUMBC account to access their ILLiad account.

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Alerts / Announcements

Single Sign On - use your UMBC username and password

To serve you better, ILL has moved to single sign on for ILLiad
  • Currently registered ILLiad patrons should be able to log in directly to ILLiad
  • New ILLiad patrons will log in and register by selecting their department and campus status
  • If you are currently registered and can't log in, or have other questions, please contact the ILL office at 410-455-2234 or illcm@umbc.edu

If you have any questions please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department. (410)455-2234.

Borrowing Books & Articles


  1. First, check catalogusmai. If the book appears there, it cannot be requested through ILL. (The only exception to this is for Reference or Reserves items.)
  2. If the book is owned by another USMAI library, you can request it through the catalog; if not, you can place an ILL request. Fill out the form as completely as possible and please check for errors before submitting.
  3. Books take an average of 1-2 weeks to arrive. You will be notified by email when your book arrives, and you can pick it up at the Circulation Desk.


  1. First, check our A-to-Z Journal List - it contains all of our print journal holdings, full-text articles in databases, and electronic journals. You'll need to search by the journal name, then navigate to the proper issue to see whether we own the article you need.
  2. If we do not have access to the article, then place an ILL request. Fill out the form as completely as possible and please check for errors before submitting.
  3. Articles arrive quickly, usually within a few hours or days. You will be notified by email when your article is delivered electronically to your ILLiad account.

Guidelines & Fees

Returning and Renewing
  • ILL items must be returned to the UMBC Circulation Desk by the due date. Violation of due dates may result in limited or cancelled ILL privileges.
  • Articles will be available in your ILLiad accounts for 30 days. Please save the article to a flash drive or your computer to avoid losing it after the due date.
  • Renewals may be requested through ILLiad unless the lender has indicated otherwise. Requests for renewal should be made at least 2 days in advance of the item's due date. Only one renewal is allowed per item.
  • ILL materials may be recalled from you at any time.
Loan Period
  • Most loans last for 2 to 4 weeks; the period is set by the lending library. The due date is on the attached sleeve.
  • Some materials may be designated "Library Use Only" by the lending institution.
  • ILL materials may not be placed on reserve.
  • UMBC charges a per item fine of $4.00 per day for overdue items, and future borrowing may be limited or possibly cancelled. In addition, fines, as well as other fees, may also be charged by the lending institution which will be passed on to the requestor.
  • Registered Special Borrowers and UMBC Alumni may use the ILL service for a fee of $15 per filled request, but will also by required to pay any additional costs that may be charged by the supplying institutions.

Items Not Available Through ILL

  • textbooks
  • recently published books - you may want to suggest the book for purchase instead.
  • leisure or recreational reading
  • CDs, cassettes, LPs, DVDs, VHSs for personal use
  • e-books
  • entire issues of journals, magazines, and newspapers
  • reference materials
  • test manuals and exam reviews
  • computer software
  • old (published prior to 1800) or rare books

Please note that these items may be very difficult to borrow:

  • genealogy materials
  • music scores
  • Corporate technical reports and other in-house reports
  • some high-demand and/or recent publications
  • theses & dissertations: a few universities will not loan or copy them or restrict their use when they do

Info for Borrowing Libraries

UMBC ILL will accept requests through:

  • Direct Request -
    • If this is your first time making a request, please create a username (preferably an abbreviation of your school or company name) here: First Time Users

Our lending fees are as follows:

Library Typeper IFM requestper request invoiced
Not-for-profit in MD$0$0
Not-for-profit out-of-state$10$15

Rush requests are $10 in addition to the ILL charge.

Payments accepted via: IFM, invoice, or credit card (Credit Card Payment Form). Our Federal ID# is 52-6002033.

More information:

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. 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 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, fulfilment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

For comprehensive information, see the Copyright & Fair Use site maintained by Stanford University Libraries.

Contact Us

The ILL Office is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Phone: (410) 455-2234Kuhn Library
Email: illcm@umbc.edu1000 Hilltop Circle
  Baltimore, MD 21250

Chetelat, Kathy ILL Supervisor 410-455-2234chetelat@umbc.edu
Joseph, Emily ILL Specialist 410-455-2234ejoseph@umbc.edu
Riggin, Jason ILL Specialist 410-455-2234jrigg1@umbc.edu