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Interlibrary Loan: Borrowing Materials From Other Libraries

Requests for Items from Dissertation Abstracts

Dissertation Abstracts is not a typical academic journal. Dissertation Abstracts is a publication that prints abstracts of Masters and Doctoral dissertations. These abstracts are summaries or descriptions of completed dissertations and are not journal articles.

Doctoral, Masters and Undergraduate theses are  usually not available via Interlibrary Loan and, for the most part, as unpublished documents, they are not appropriate sources for undergraduate research. This is particularly true of Undergraduate and Masters level theses. Appropriate sources, such as peer reviewed journal articles, can be found using journal databases.

If you have identified a dissertation that you would like to obtain, please email for help in obtaining the item.

Borrowing Materials From Other Libraries

The Knox College Library offers two ways to borrow materials from other libraries, I-Share and Tipasa ILL. To choose the best method of delivery, please read about the choices below.

See also the I-Share FAQ, the Frequently Asked (and answered!) Questions page.

If you have questions about your Iinterlibrary loan materials, contact the Readers' Services department at Seymour Library (309) 341-7244 or email


Search Knox Primo first to see if our library owns a copy before requesting materials via I-Share. Books borrowed via I-Share have a loan period of 28 days and can be renewed for a maximum of 112 days.

If a book is not available when searching "All I-Share Libraries" in Knox Primo, place a request through Tipasa ILL


Use Tipasa ILL to request articles from journals which are not available online in full text. Article pdfs arrive in 1-2 days.

Non-print Materials

Search Knox Primo first to see if our library owns the item before requesting materials via I-Share. Non-print materials borrowed via I-Share have an initial loan period of 14 days and can be renewed for a maximum of 28 days.

Use Tipasa ILL to request items such as DVDs, audio CDs and microfilm that are not available in the Knox libraries or via I-Share.

Use Our Book Drop When the Library is Closed

Seymour Library book drop

Book drop near the back entrance to Seymour Library.

All materials, including any items borrowing through I-Share, should be returned to the Circulation desk where the item was originally checked out.

If the library is closed, materials may be deposited in the book drop behind Seymour Library, or through the front door of the Science & Math Center Library. Materials should not be placed in the book drop during hours the library is open.

Reserves, because of their time-sensitive nature, should be returned in person to the Circulation desk of the respective library, unless the library is closed.