Interlibrary Loan

Before you place a request

Please check these sources before using Interlibrary Loan:


ILL Express!


  First-Time Users


ILL Express! is the Interlibrary Loan ordering system for the UofSC School of Medicine Library. Available to School of Medicine faculty, students, and staff, this service is for the provision of BIOMEDICAL materials for research and study purposes (please contact your public library for non-biomedical materials).  ILL requests submitted by SOM faculty, staff, or students are free unless the request is a rush request (needed within 2 business days) or a book loan request; in these cases, a $5.00 fee will be charged to your account. 

Non-SOM patrons may request ARTICLES ONLY for a fee. To see ILL fees please go to the Fees page.  

Please note that there is a limit of 10 active article requests at any given time for SOM faculty, staff and students.  The system will provide an alert once the limit has been reached.  Additional requests may be made once active requests have been filled. If you have a critical RUSH request and you have already reached the 10-request limit, contact the Interlibrary Loan staff at 803-216-3212 or

UofSC-Columbia faculty, staff and students who are not affiliated with the School of Medicine should use Thomas Cooper Library's ILL Department; persons affiliated with the School of Law should request ILL items through the Coleman Karesh Law Library. NOTE: If you are a resident or fellow at Prisma Health Richland, please use the ILL services at Josey Health Sciences Library (phone: 803-434-6312; email: