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Simpson Library | Special Collections

Research Skills for First-Year Seminars (FSEMs)

Interlibrary Loan

Picture of the Earth as seen from spaceWhile it is physically and financially impossible for us to have everything you want, we have a system in place that allows you to request materials from other libraries.  It's called Interlibrary loan (ILL).  So if the Simpson Library does not have the item you want, place an interlibrary loan (ILL) request and it will be sent here from another library.

Interlibrary loan (ILL) requests may be submitted by any current student, faculty, or staff member of UMW.


  • New users must create an Interlibrary Loan account
  • ILL is free.
  • Students are limited to 20 active requests at a time. 
  • Journal articles and book chapters will be delivered electronically.
  • Books will be shipped to the library.  
  • You will be notified via your UMW email account when your ILL materials have arrived.