How long does it take for an Interlibrary Loan item to arrive?

I placed an ILLiad request and want to know when it may arrive.


The delivery turnaround time for ILL requests varies depending on what type of material it is, how many libraries own a copy, how many of those have a readily available copy or ILL-shareable access, etc. Scans of pages can arrive in a few hours to three working days. Books can take thee to seven working days to arrive. Holidays can extend the turnaround time by another day or two.

This and other commonly asked questions about Interlibrary Loan are answered in our ILL FAQ guide. Feel free to contact the ILL Office ( if you need help.

Note: ILL service is separate from Consortium Loan Service (CLS). Questions about borrowing books directly from the local Washington Research Library Consortium can be posed to the Circulation Desk (202-662-9131).

  • Last Updated Aug 02, 2021
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  • Answered By Erie Taniuchi

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