Research Guides

Interlibrary Loan Basics

Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, is a service that lets you get resources from other libraries when Odum Library does not have the item.  Unlike the Georgia-only GIL Express, Interlibrary Loan will look everywhere, including outside of Georgia, to find the item you need. If you are registered as a VSU student, staff, or faculty member, you are able to use ILL. ILL also includes the Odum Express service for distance education, which is covered in the Interlibrary Loan FAQ.

 

ILL on homepage

On the right side of the library homepage, click on ILL-Odum Express.

 

ILL login

Log in using your BlazeVIEW username and password.

 

 

ILL contact info

If this is your first time logging in, you will need to fill out your contact information on the next screen.

 

ILL menu 1

 

If this is not your first time, you will see a menu with a series of buttons. Click “Request an article” to request a journal, magazine, trade publication, or newspaper article. On the next screen, use the form to type or paste in all the information you have on the article you want. This information is usually found in an article citation. After you are finished, click “Submit Request.” The buttons after Request an Article allow you to request a book, a digitized book chapter, a music score, and a thesis or dissertation.

 

ILL Find It 1

 

Click “View/Modify Outstanding Requests” to check the status of your request. You can even make corrections to your request using this screen. The buttons below it allow you to view currently checked out items and request a renewal from the lending library, view a history of what you have requested, re-submit a cancelled request, and download articles once they have been sent to your account. “Change User Information” lets you change your account information. If you become a distance student, this button is important for changing your address.

 

Find It 1

Interlibrary Loan also works with our databases’ Find It button.

 

Find It 2

Click on Find It, and if we do not have the item online or in print, click the ILL-Odum Express link at the bottom. Find it will send the item’s information to the form, saving you time. This only works once you have entered in your contact information, as shown above.

With the combination of our library’s resources and Interlibrary Loan, your research possibilities are nearly endless at Valdosta State University.