Interlibrary Loan

CHSL ILLiad is the electronic system for health sciences affiliates of Case Western Reserve University to request materials through Interlibrary Loan. Kelvin Smith Library, the Lillian & Milford Harris Library (MSASS) and the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library use their own versions of ILLiad. The systems are not connected. Faculty, staff and students of the Schools of Dental MedicineMedicine and Nursing, as well as the Departments of Biology and Nutrition should use CHSL ILLiad exclusively. CHSL does not borrow textbooks or examination review books.

ILLiad login

More information is available at the CHSL ILLiad Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you need more assistance, please contact Interlibrary Loan:


Books or journal articles not owned by Case Western Reserve University are obtained from libraries at other institutions or from commercial vendors.

Before initiating any interlibrary loan transaction, please check by Title in CWRU's Library Catalog for books and journals to see whether the item is owned by CWRU. Please check OhioLink to see what books are available before ordering books through Interlibrary Loan. You may also check the eJournal Portal to determine if a journal is available electronically. Please make sure you are logged into VPN (Virtual Private Networking).

Interlibrary Loan services are available to CWRU faculty, staff and students in the health sciences schools, and to the personal and institutional members of the Cleveland Medical Library Association. Users must have accounts in good standing. Alumni must use the interlibrary loan services of their institutions, companies or public libraries.

Faculty, staff, and students of CWRU are not charged for Interlibrary Loan services unless a Rush item is requested.

Separate fees apply to borrowing for Cleveland Medical Library Association (CMLA) personal and Institutional members. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan Office at 216.368.6424 or for fees.

Generally, copies of journal articles are provided on Interlibrary Loan. Books and other monographic items may be borrowed. However, items on reference, textbooks, journal volumes or issues, psychological tests, and rare materials do not circulate among libraries. Some dissertations and theses can be purchased directly as many institutions do not circulate them. Newspaper articles are hard to obtain in a timely manner, and items published before 1900 may be difficult or impossible to obtain.

The Interlibrary Loan department cannot purchase materials from sources that sell to individuals, such as the Government Printing Office, Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) or ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, but can provide purchasing information.

The Cleveland Health Sciences Library (CHSL) does not place a limit on the number of interlibrary loan requests submitted for books or articles. The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff reserve the right to prioritize requests if an individual submits so many that other user requests cannot be processed rapidly. In case of an overload of requests, the user will be contacted by ILL staff.

OhioLINK borrowing makes it possible to obtain some materials that are not available at CWRU. Through the OhioLINK Library Catalog, books and some audiovisual materials that are not available locally can be requested from other member libraries of OhioLINK. The user requests the item directly without the assistance of the ILL staff. Online help is available through OhioLINK. The status of the request is available through My Library Account in CWRU's Library Catalog.

CHSL ILLiad is available for books not found at Case in CWRU's Library Catalog or in the OhioLINK Library Catalog. It is also used for requesting journal articles not found in any database. More information is available form the CHSL ILLiad Frequently Asked Questions.

If you forget your CHSL ILLiad password, please go to the ILLiad login page and click on the Forgot Password? link under the Login section. If you are still having problems please contact the Interlibrary Loan department at 216.368.6424 or by email at If you forget your PIN in EuclidPLUS, please contact the Circulation department at the Allen Library at 216.368.3641 or at the Health Center Library at 216.368.4540.

Borrowers must pick up and return books promptly. Unclaimed books will be returned to the lending library.

The Interlibrary Loan staff may refuse privileges to users who repeatedly fail to pick up ordered items or who fail to return books by the due dates.

Keeping ILL books more than two weeks past their due dates will result in overdue fines and suspension of ILL privileges.

Renewal of Interlibrary Loan books should be done through your ILLiad account by the due date.

Please contact the ILL Department at or 216-368-6424 if you are having trouble renewing your ILL books.

Books not returned will be charged a replacement fee determined by the lending library.

CHSL must honor any restrictions placed on materials by the lending library.

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 judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.