Greenwood Library: Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Interlibrary loan allows Longwood students, faculty and staff to borrow items from other libraries all over the United States. Books, journal articles, chapters in books, conference proceedings and anthologies that are not available in the Greenwood Library’s print or electronic collections may be requested through interlibrary loan. Library-owned materials that are checked out or missing may also be requested. Audiovisual materials are not available through interlibrary loan, and if an e-book is requested we will try to obtain a print copy instead.

There is typically no cost to you for this service as the Library usually covers all related costs and charges imposed by the lending library. Should the charges imposed be excessive, the Library staff will confer with you before making a final determination of whether or not to borrow the item.


If you request a book from another library, it will be sent to Greenwood Library for you to pick up at The Desk. You will get an email notification when it arrives. After your request has been processed, books typically arrive in less than two weeks (depending on how close the lending library is). 

Journal Articles 

 Articles are usually scanned by the lending library and delivered through the ILLiad system in a few days. You will get an email notifying you to log back into ILLiad to download your article.

Place a Request

Log on to ILLiad to place an interlibrary loan request. 

Document Delivery

The Document Delivery service is provided through the Library’s Interlibrary Loan Office and offers distance education students and faculty home delivery of Greenwood Library books and journal articles as well as needed books and journal articles not owned by the Library.

To request document delivery, Log on to ILLiad to place an interlibrary loan request. If you have not registered with ILLiad before, click the “First Time Users” button. When you register, please select a status that reflects your distance education standing and include a street address for UPS delivery.

Search Local Libraries

Search for an item in libraries near you:


WorldCat searches all area libraries for the item you need. If Greenwood Library has what you’re looking for, our name will appear on the item page and you’ll be able to click right to it. If we don’t own what you need, WorldCat will list other libraries’ holdings by geographical proximity to you.

You may also request items to be delivered to Greenwood Library from other libraries through interlibrary loan.

Interlibrary Borrowing Policy


Interlibrary loan supports the missions of both Greenwood Library and Longwood University. Greenwood Library provides interlibrary loan services for Longwood University faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students who are in good standing with the Library, to enable them to request books and copies of journal articles not available in the Library collection or officially declared missing.


Greenwood Library adheres to the guidelines of the American Library Association’s Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, 2008 and to the guidelines for international lending. Greenwood Library complies with all provisions of the U.S. Copyright Law.

Policies for Borrowing Materials Not in Greenwood Library

The following applies to on-campus, online and distance education students and faculty, as well as to current Longwood University employees. 

  • A loan or a copy of any material may be requested from another library in accordance with the published lending policy of that library. The lending library decides in each case whether a particular item can be provided and determines the length and conditions of loans.
  • Longwood University students, faculty and staff may request items through interlibrary loan using ILLiad, the online interlibrary loan system. Telephone requests are not accepted.
  • Greenwood Library does not normally process the following interlibrary loan requests:
    • Requests that are incomplete
    • Requests that are not in accordance with the Copyright Law
    • Requests for non-book formats including compact discs, records, videos and film
    • Requests for bound or single issues of periodicals
    • Requests for reference books and rare materials
    • Requests for new publications
  • All borrowers of interlibrary loan materials are responsible for the prompt return of loaned items to Greenwood Library. Overdue fines are determined by the lending library. The Library reserves the right to suspend interlibrary loan privileges to any borrower who repeatedly returns interlibrary loan materials after the due date.
  • Renewal of interlibrary loan materials should be requested only in unusual circumstances. Renewals should be directed to the interlibrary loan office at least four days prior to the due date. Renewals will not be requested for overdue materials. The length of the renewal period is determined by the lending library.
  • Borrowers are responsible for the replacement of lost or damaged materials at a charge determined by the lending library. Failure to pay any charges will result in suspension of all Library borrowing privileges. Fines are paid at the Circulation/Reserve Desk or via mail. The mailing address is Circulation/Reserve Desk, Greenwood Library, 201 High Street, Farmville VA 23909.
  • Requested materials may be picked up at the Circulation/Reserve Desk. Online and distance education students and faculty may qualify for document delivery service. Most articles are delivered electronically and are accessed by logging on to ILLiad.
  • All material on loan is subject to immediate recall if requested by the lending library.

Borrow from HSC

Hampden-Sydney College Crest

Longwood students may also visit and borrow materials from Hampden-Sydney’s Bortz Library.

Memorandum of Understanding with Hampden-Sydney College.

Interlibrary Loan FAQ