Information Services

Request an Interlibrary Loan

ILLiad is an automated system for requesting and tracking interlibrary loan materials.

ILLiad Logon [Update April 2020]

As of April 2020, users may place Interlibrary Loan Requests through DiscoverEd and manage loans using their DiscoverEd library account:

What is ILLiad?

ILLiad is the electronic system you use to request an item through Interlibrary Loan. The name ILLiad can be thought of as an acronym for 'InterLibrary Loan internet accessible database'.

All University of Edinburgh staff and students may register to use ILLiad. External users who are registered borrowers with the Library may also apply for ILL services through ILLiad

ILLiad can be used to request material which is not held by the Library (Interlibrary Loans) and can also be used to obtain scans of articles held at other Library sites within the University of Edinburgh. More information can be found on the main Interlibrary Loans information page.

About Interlibrary Loans

How to request material using ILLiad

Before making any requests, please check DiscoverEd to see if the item you need is owned by the University of Edinburgh.

Go to DiscoverEd

As of April 2020, to request an item through Interlibrary Loans, please use DiscoverEd as outlined in the guide below.


Each time you submit a request, you will be required to indicate your agreement to abide by the British Library's copyright conditions, known as the Library Privilege Service.

What is Library Privilege?

Help and support

Who do I contact if I have problems with or questions about ILLiad?

Contact the Interlibrary loans Department if you have any issues using ILLiad or placing requests.

Interlibrary Loans

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