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Physical Therapy Research Guide

Designed to promote resources used by the DPT program.

How can I submit an Interlibrary Loan?

There are three main ways you can submit an Interlibrary Loan Request:

  • RavenRequest - Submit a RavenRequest online
  • Via a database - all the EBSCOhost databases (i.e. Academic Search Premier, Medline, Business Source Premier, etc.) allow you to submit an interlibrary loan request from within the database
  • Send an email to

Requesting an ILL from a database

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Some of our databases have embedded Interlibrary loan forms, allowing you to request items from within the database.  Here is an example from CINAHL.


Interlibrary Loan FAQs

What is Interlibrary Loan (or ILL)?

Interlibrary Loan is the process by which materials not owned by the DiPietro Library are requested from another library.

Who can request materials via ILL?

Any current undergraduate or graduate student, FPU faculty, and FPU staff. Local patrons should request ILL materials from their public library.

Do I need to know what library has the material I need?

No.  We are a member of OCLC, a world-wide network that allows us to search for materials that have been requested.

How long does it take for ILL's to arrive?

It depends on the material (book or article) and the library filling the request.  The DiPietro Library sends out most requests the day they are received.  Articles that are sent electronically may arrive as quickly as 24 hours, but you should plan on 3-5 days. Books that come from a distance may take 7-10 days.  

What if I need something faster than that?

We are not able to ‘rush’ items.  When planning your research process, allow the necessary time for any interlibrary loans to arrive.

What can I borrow?

We will borrow books, articles, and dissertations.  We do not borrow videos, dvds, or video games. Undergraduates wishing to borrow a dissertation will be referred to a Reference Librarian for research assistance.

If I am in a graduate program how do I get my items?

Articles are yours to keep and are usually forwarded to you electronically, unless you requested that they be printed or if the article is lengthy and received in printed format. Materials that must be returned to the lending library will be sent to will be sent to your home address.  You will be responsible for return postage, items must be returned to the DiPietro Library by a method that is insured and tracked (preferred methods are UPS or Fedex.)

Does it cost anything to get an ILL?

Generally we can fill your request for free.  If there is a cost for borrowing the item or obtaining a copy we will contact you for your approval.

How can I request ILL materials?

Some databases have an online form you can fill out to request items.

Fill out an online RavenRequest at