Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about ILLiad

What is ILLiad?

ILLiad is the electronic system that allows you to use the UNK Library’s website to request an item from Loper Loan ILL/DD. Many Nebraska and United States libraries commit to sharing resources through an ILL/DD service. The name ILLiad can be thought of as an acronym for InterLibrary Loan internet accessible database.

What does an ILLiad Account do for me?

You may use your ILLiad account 24 hours a day and seven days a week via the web to request an article, book, book chapter or other material. You may also use your account to view the status of a request or to view the PDF (Adobe’s Portable Document Format) of an article/book chapter received within the 30 days your account holds them for you. There is no charge to you but Loper Loan ILL/DD reserves the right to limit the amount spent on any request.

When will I receive an email notification?

All notifications from Loper Loan ILL/DD that items are received, etc., are sent by e-mail. LoperLoan cannot be responsible for messages not received by non-UNK e-mail addresses.

Can I use ILL/DD for a Distance Class?

Distance students for ILL/DD purposes are those students not taking classes on the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) campus and who participate in an online class.

Due to limitations with shipping and lending library due dates we are unable to order books for Distance students who live outside of the Kearney area. You may wish to try ordering the item you need through Interlibrary Loan at your local library.

Calvin T. Ryan (CTR) Library books requested by Distance Students will be sent via U.S. Mail. ILL/DD will not mail books to international addresses, aside from APO/FPO addresses. Distance Students are responsible for return shipping costs and for returning books to the CTR Library by the specified due date. The return address is in the contact information.

Make requests for renewals for books checked out from CTR library from the Services box on the library’s website under My Account.

More information about library services for Distance Students is available here: http://library.unk.edu/services/distance.php.

What materials can I order?

As well as articles and a book chapter, some libraries lend microform, print government documents, DVDs or CDs.

Before requesting a thesis or dissertation, please check the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database found on the CTR library webpage under the Find Resources box then select Articles and Databases and click the letter “P.” You may then scroll down to select the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database. Full text is available for most dissertations since 1997 from the U.S., United Kingdom and Ireland.

Are some things not available through ILL/DD?

  • • archive material including rare or fragile items
  • • books from special collections such as reference or genealogical materials
  • • entire issues or volumes of journals or magazines
  • • PDF of articles from an electronic database with copyright restrictions
  • • print newspapers
  • • textbooks to use for a semester

Although e-books are common, the electronic format involves fees and another set of licensing guidelines. ILL/DD will not fill an e-book request. CTR library does subscribe and pay fees for various databases that include e-books available through the library’s website.

Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) newspaper collection requires prepayment for loan of newspaper articles. Because payment from the University system may take several weeks, Loper Loan requires patrons to pay all fees to borrow NSHS materials to NSHS in advance by check or credit card. Please contact the Loper Loan office (loperloan@unk.edu or 308.865.8594) for information on prepayment for materials from NSHS.

Please note that when requesting photocopies of journal or magazine articles the ILL/DD staff must adhere to current copyright laws.

Important Copyright Information


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfilment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

When you register, you acknowledge and agree to all terms and conditions stated within the copyright statement and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

How will I get my materials and where will I return them?

Pick up, check out with your student ID and return items to the CTR library’s Circulation Desk. The label on the book band contains the bar code necessary to clear your Circulation and ILLiad accounts and must be returned with the borrowed item.

Renewals may be requested before the due date by phoning or emailing the ILL/DD office. A renewal will be granted ONLY with the permission of the lending library. Notification of permission or denial will be by email.

View articles/chapters by entering your account and selecting the View/Download Electronically Received Articles button. You may delete articles once you finish viewing/downloading them. Articles will be timed out and deleted by the ILLiad system after 30 days.

How do I contact the ILL/DD office if I have problems with or a question about my ILLiad account?

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Email: loperloan@unk.edu

Phone: (308) 865-8594

Location: 1st floor - Calvin T. Ryan Library - Room 110

Mailing Address:

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Calvin T. Ryan Library
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • 2508 11th Avenue
  • Kearney NE 68849-2240

What web browser should I use?

The following browser are supported with the ILLiad web pages:

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Internet Explorer 7 (minimum)
  • Is security a problem if I use a public workstation?

    Yes. Web browsers cache information and create a history file on the local workstation. This allows a subsequent user of the workstation to access the system under your name using the browser's Back button to recall a page from the cache, or by finding a page with your personal information in the browser's history file. If you are concerned about the security of your interlibrary loan requests, you can take the following steps:

    1. Access ILLiad only from your personal computer or an otherwise secure workstation.
    2. When using a public access workstation:
      1. Delete from the history file those pages that contain your personal information.
      2. Exit from the Web browser before you leave the workstation. This prevents the Back button from accessing the pages you were using.

    The technology that we use sends a Session ID to be stored on your machine. You can refuse this cookie and still be able to use ILLiad without any problems.