Welcome to Albright Interlibrary Loan Service (Albright InterLibrary Loan)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Albright InterLibrary Loan

Albright I.L.L. is the Gingrich Library's Web-based interlibrary loan service. Albright InterLibrary Loan allows you to place requests for journal articles and books not available at the Gingrich Library, using a web browser or modern mobile device.

Current students, faculty and staff at Albright College who are in good standing and have a valid Albright LionLink computer network username and password can use Albright InterLibrary Loan to request materials.

  • Since most of Albright's online databases support Albright InterLibrary Loan direct I.L.L. request via their sites, information from those databases can easily be imported into Albright InterLibrary Loan.
  • You can get many of your photocopies more quickly through Electronic Delivery (requires latest free version of Adobe's Acrobat Reader which you can download at https://www.adobe.com).

We recommended the latest version of Firefox or Chrome.  In order to use electronic delivery, you must also have Acrobat Reader.

Submit your request via InterLibrary Request Form (off-campus will need to login with your LionLink username and password).

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.

This is not the case when you use an Albright computer. If you are concerned about the security of your interlibrary loan requests, you can take the following steps:

  • Access Albright InterLibrary Loan only from your personal computer or an otherwise secure workstation.
  • When using a public access workstation:
    1. Always Logout of Albright InterLibrary Loan before you visit other site or close the browser
    2. Delete from the history file those pages that contain your personal information.
    3. Exit from the Web browser before you leave the workstation. This prevents the Back button from accessing the pages you were using.

Many libraries ship photocopies of articles to us in electronic format and through Albright InterLibrary Loan we are able to deliver these articles in PDF format (Portable Document Format).

Electronic delivery is enabled when you create your account. You do not need to sign up but you must opt-in to receive update from your library.

You will need PDF Reader (Adobe Acrobat Reader) installed and configured to work with your Web browser in order to view, download, and print these articles. If you can read the sample page, then your computer has the necessary software installed to work with your Web browser. However, if your computer tells you the file type is unknown and asks if you want to save the file to disk, then you need to install the PDF Reader software.

  1. You will receive an email with the link and access passcode to the article.
  2. The pdf file(s) is only available for 30 days OR 5 views (5 clicks) after they are posted. We recommend that you download anything of interest since your will need to resubmit the request if the article is needed after 30 days or viewed 5 times.

Albright Library staff will sends you an e-mail notification for each item received.

At present, the only items we can deliver to you electronically are those which we have received electronically scanned from another library or those being sent to ADP students studying at sites other than the Reading campus.

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 Albright InterLibrary Loan without any problems. Check your browser's help file for information on deleting cookies.

Albright InterLibrary Loan should not be used to borrow textbooks or course materials since that is against the US ILL Code and the Pennsylvania ILL Code. We do not request dissertations. It is rare that we are able to receive the following: academic audiovisual materials, or selected international publications that are not published in English.

Article requests are often received in three to five business days. Books not owned by Albright College take longer to arrive since they have to be shipped to that campus via U.S. Mail or UPS. If you need an item by a particular date, please contact a library staff member to make sure that we can meet your deadline.

Please email Albright Library Interlibrary Loan staff as soon as you can.

Copy the information from a cancelled request and submit it as new request.

Contact the Library ILL staff for assistance.
  • You may only request a renewal 7 days or less before the due date.
  • No renewals may be requested after the due date.

Interlibrary Loan hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Phone: (610) 921-7517
Fax: (610) 921-7509
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