Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a formal agreement between libraries to share materials and provide copies of articles to other libraries. The Walla Walla Community College Library participates in a number of resource sharing agreements and delivery systems to provide the widest access possible to our patrons.

ILL Borrowing Policy

For employees and registered students, the WWCC Libraries will attempt to borrow materials from other libraries when the resources of the WWCC Libraries collections or electronic databases do not meet the needs of the patron. We do not charge our patrons for this service. Requested items will also be considered on an ongoing basis for purchase and addition to the permanent collection.

We will refer public patrons to local public, research, or special libraries, as appropriate, to best match borrower needs with library resources.

How do I make an ILL request?

Books and Media:

First check the WWCC Libraries Catalog or our Library Databases for available materials before submitting an interlibrary loan request.Librarians can assist with locating materials and in recommending possible substitutes.

Due dates are set by the lending library. Renewals are done at the discretion of the Interlibrary Loan Assistant based on the lending library’s renewal policy. The requestor is responsible for any replacement charges assessed by the lending library for returnable interlibrary loan materials damaged or lost.


Patrons should check the library full text databases for articles before submitting an interlibrary loan request. For articles less than five years old, CONTU guidelines prohibit us from requesting from other libraries more than 5 articles, published in the same year, from the same periodical.

Requested articles will be emailed as attachments to the patron whenever possible and become the property of the requester.

How long does it take to receive requested ILL items?

There is no guarantee as to how long it will take for ILL items to arrive. Generally we estimate 2-4 days for electronic articles and up to 14 days for print materials . We encourage borrowers to plan accordingly. Patrons will be notified by phone or e-mail after the requested item arrives at the library.

ILL Lending Policy

WWCC Libraries practice fee-free resource sharing. All circulating items are generally available for lending. However, Reserve items are temporarily unavailable and Reference materials are never available for lending.