IlL/Resource Sharing

Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Phone: (706) 233-4057 | Fax: (706) 238-7814 | E-mail:
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About ILL/Resource Sharing
  • ILL/Resource Sharing is a nationwide cooperative service among libraries developed in order to share their collections by lending items to each other. We will request materials that are unavailable here in Memorial Library. 
  • Memorial Library provides this service to current Berry faculty, staff, and students with the understanding that the users will abide by the regulations of the lending library. 
  • Before requesting materials, check the Online Catalog and the Journal Locator, to make sure the item is not available in our library. 
  • Submit all requests using  ILLiad, the web-accessible resource sharing management system. First time users will be ready to submit requests using ILLiad after completion of a simple, one-time registration process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is ILL/Resource Sharing? 
A. ILL/Resource Sharing is a cooperative service that libraries have developed in order to share their collections. It's an easy way for you to obtain a book or journal article you need that is not available at Memorial Library. 

Q. What kinds of material are/are not available through ILL/Resource Sharing? 
A. You may request items such as books, book chapters, individual journal articles, conference proceedings, dissertations, and audiovisual items.

Q. How do I request an item? 
A. Submit your request using ILLiad, the resource sharing software in place at Berry. A one-time, free registration process is required. 

You do not have to know what library or libraries have the item you need. We’ll take care of that.  

It is your responsibility, however, to check the online catalogue (for books) or the Journal Locator (for articles) to see if the item is available here before you submit a request. 

If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to contact the Resource Sharing office (ext. 4057) for a help.

Q. How long does it take for items to arrive? 
A. You should request the items you need at least 2 weeks ahead of time. 

We cannot promise items by a specific date, since many factors are out of our control (mail services, response time, etc.). 

Q. How will I know when my item arrives? 
A. You will be notified by e-mail or phone (a preference a you will select when you register with ILLiad). 

Q. Where do I pick up my items? 
A. If you choose "Hold for pick up" when you register with ILLiad, you will pick up all physical items at the Library Service Desk. Documents arriving in an electronic-only format will be emailed. Electronic articles can be viewed or downloaded within 30 days after the article is posted by logging in to your ILLiad account. 

Q. How long can I keep an item? 
A. For all "returnables," such as books and DVDs, loan periods will vary according to the policies of the lending library. The due date will be visible on the front of the item. Photocopies or facsimiles of journal articles are yours to keep. 

Q. Can I renew an item? 
A. You may request renewals, unless the item's label specifies "no renewal." The lending library will decide whether or not to allow a renewal. No items can be renewed after their due date.

How to Renew 

  1. Log into your ILLiad account and click on the "View/Renew Checked Out Items" on the left side navigation bar
  2. Click on the "Transaction Number" of the item you want to renew and a full record of the item will be displayed
  3. Click on the “Renew Request” button and a renewal request will be submitted
  4. You will receive an e-mail from about the decision and the new due date once the lending library answers the renewal request.
  5. When renewal is granted, please mark the new due date on the item label to keep track of your item

Please contact the Resource Sharing office at extension 4057 or if you have any questions. 

Q. How much does this service cost? 
A. ILL/Resource Sharing is a service for the Berry community (current students, faculty and staff) only, and there is no charge. Although library funds cover the costs involved with providing this service, these costs may be substantial. Therefore, we encourage you to use this system as often as you need it, but only for items that are truly essential for your research or course work at Berry. In the case that items are damaged or lost, the Library reserves the right to charge for replacement. This charge is determined by the Lender.