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FAQ: Interlibrary Loan

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Briggs Library Reference
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Briggs Library, Box 2115
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007-1098

Set up an Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery Account

If you need articles, books, etc., not owned by Briggs Library....
Or if you are a distance student or employee who needs Briggs Library materials shipped to your home or office....

Follow these instructions to create your ILLiad interlibrary loan account:

  • From the Briggs Library homepage, select "Interlibrary Loan" on the right side of the page; or simply click here.
  • Login
    • Students use your MyState username and password.
    • Faculty and staff use your SDSU network (email) username and password.
  • Fill out the registration form.
  • Click "Submit" at the bottom of the page.
  • See below for how to request materials through ILLiad.

Request an article through Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery Services

Requesting an article from a library database

  • Most library databases have an option for requesting articles that are not available as full-text in that database.
  • If you find a database record without a full-text link or PDF button, click the button labeled "Find it @ SDSU."
  • If Briggs Library has an online copy of the article, the next screen will present one or more links for "Full text available."
  • If the library does not have the article in print or online, click the blue link to "Request this Item" through our Interlibrary Loan service.
  • You will receive an email message when the article is delivered to your ILLiad interlibrary loan account.

Requesting an article published in a print source owned by Briggs Library

  • If you need an article or a book chapter from a print journal or book that Briggs Library owns, you must log into your ILLiad account to enter the request manually.
  • Step one: log into ILLiad. 
  • Select "Article" or "Book Chapter" under New Requests from the menu on the left side of your ILLiad account.
  • Fill out the form.
  • Click submit.
  • You will receive an e-mail message when the article is delivered to your ILLiad account.

Typical Delivery Time is 1-3 days, but many articles arrive within 24 hours.

Retrieve an electronically delivered article

When you receive email notification that your ILLiad article or loan has been delivered, read the message carefully for instructions on how to retrieve the article or where to get your loan. 

  • Articles in the ILLiad system are deleted from the ILLiad server 2-3 weeks after posting.
  • Be sure to save articles from ILLiad onto your computer or USB drive as soon as possible.

How do I renew my interlibrary loan books?

To request a renewal, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Office:  605-688-5573 or​

Renewing items may take several days while we wait for the lending library to respond to the request. Your due date in ILLiad will change when the renewal is granted. 

If the lending library does not grant us a renewal on the item, you will receive a RECALL request by email.

COVID-19 Notice for ILL Service

When the library was closed due to COVID-19 during Spring 2020, we added these options for delivery and return of Briggs Library materials and materials requested from other libraries. Should a closure occur again, we will likely reinstate these options. Start by requesting your material through our ILLiad Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

ILL Delivery

Articles and book chapters: delivered electronically.

Book/video loans: 3 delivery options

  • Ebook or streaming delivery whenever possible
  • Mail delivery (for Distance students, faculty and staff)
  • Pick-up at Briggs

Contact us: 605-688-5573;

ILL Returns

Return ILL loans to one of the book drops at Briggs Library. Book drops are located inside the front doors of the library and outdoors in a blue metal box near the northeast corner of the building. If you want to renew the items, please email your request to or call 605-688-5573.

OR, ship your returns to the address below. Use the Library Mail rate to save on postage.

SDSU Briggs Library – ILL

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