Welcome to the ILL Blog!

Student worker Kelsey demonstrates a giant atlas loaned to us by the University of Utah.
Student worker Kelsey demonstrates a giant atlas loaned to us by the University of Utah.

Welcome to the blog of the University of South Carolina’s Interlibrary Loan department! We’ve created this blog to provide a peek into the people and mechanics behind our ILL service. Here, you’ll learn more about how ILL works, meet our unique staff members, and encounter some of our more interesting and unusual requests.

Interlibrary Loan refers to resource sharing between libraries. If a USC patron needs a resource that we don’t own, we will secure a loan or a scan from another library or, in many cases, will purchase or locate it from

More giant ILL items: copies of a Lithuanian newspaper from 1914-1955
More giant ILL items: copies of a Lithuanian newspaper from 1914-1955

another source. We also provide a service that delivers articles or chapters owned in print format directly to our patrons in an electronic format. Finally, we lend print copies or deliver scans of our resources to patrons at other libraries.

We’re here to help you gain access to the materials that you need for your research. Stay tuned for more posts from your ILL team!

Contributed by Amie Freeman