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Borrowing Services: Borrowing and Renewing @ Other Libraries

Here you will find information about borrowing and renewing library materials from the Amelia V. Gallucci0Cirio Library, from our Cross-borrowing library partners and from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan Service.

Interlibrary Loans: Requesting Items through ILLiad

Interlibrary Loan and the ILLiad system are part of the Access Services Department.

Interlibrary Loan is a service provided to obtain materials which are needed for use by our students, faculty and staff, but are not available through the Gallucci-Cirio Library's collections. This is a library-to-library service; all requests for borrowing and renewing items from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan Service must go through the Gallucci-Cirio Library's Interlibrary Loan staff. Our policies and procedures are based on the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States. Through the ILLiad system you can access your Interlibrary Loan account to request items from other libraries, track your requests, receive electronic delivery of documents such as journal articles, immediate notification when your items are available for you to pick up and more. Use of the Interlibrary Loan services is restricted to current Fitchburg State students, faculty and staff.

Logon to ILLiad

Tips for Using ILLiad

Using ILLiad

  1. Click on the logon link above or on the Library web site to connect to the ILLiad system.
  2. If you already have an account, enter your Username and Password. Otherwise, click on the "First Time User? Create Your Account" link and fill out the New User Registration form.
    • We recommend that you use your Falcon Key as your username and password and your Fitchburg State email.
    • Direct delivery of physical items to your home is only available for students who are currently enrolled in Distance Learning or Extended Campus courses. Under "Preferred Loan Delivery Method (physical items)" select the "Mail to Address" to have items delivered to you instead of picking it up at the Circulation Desk.
    • Under the section for "Location of your current courses (Staff choose Main Campus)" choose the Main/McKay Campus unless you are enrolled in a Distance Learning course or at an Extended Campus location.
  3. Your ILLiad account's Main Menu page will display. From here you can use the left-hand menu to go to:
    • New Request - Select the Article, Book or A/V, or Book Chapter request form; fill it out to request an item. When you hit the Submit Request button the system will automatically fill in all of your information which you entered through the New User Registration form.
    • Checked out Items - See your due date and request renewals
    • View - Track your outstanding requests, access electronically received articles, et cetera.
    • Tools - Here you can update your account information at any time and change your password.

ILLiad Request forms will pull citation information directly from the Library's databases and automatically populate the form for you!

When you are in one of the Library's databases with items in your results list which aren't full text, simply click on the "Get Article" link, "Find a Copy" link, et cetera that you see. This will take you into our Journal Locator service which will quickly tell you whether that item is available through one of the other databases or in our library. If it states we don't have the item, scroll down and click on the "Request Books and Articles from Another Library" link. This connects you directly to the ILLiad logon page. Logon to ILLiad and the system automatically opens the request form and pulls all of the item's citation information into the form for you. All you need to do is make sure everything filled in, you can add in a note if you want, then click on the Submit Request button to send your request to the Interlibrary Loan staff who will borrow that item from another library for you.

Interlibrary Loans: What You Can Borrow & How It Works

Current Fitchburg State students, faculty and staff with a valid One Card are allowed to borrow materials from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan service at no charge as follows:


Types of Materials

A wide range of material formats such as books, audio CDs, fiche, periodicals, copies of articles, etc. may be requested. If you request an item that is only available in an electronic format, please be aware that our ability to get a copy of the item is contingent upon the license agreement the owning library has with its database provider.

  • Physical materials may be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Distance Learning and Extended Campus students may have the material mailed to their homes via U.S. mail. Electronic copies will be delivered to your ILLiad account.
  • Materials should be returned to the Gallucci-Cirio Circulation Desk or mailed to our Interlibrary Loan Office.


If the lending library charges a fee, the Gallucci-Cirio Library pays it. There is no fee for Fitchburg State students.

Length of Loan

Electronic copies do not need to be returned unless the lending library indicates otherwise.

Length of loans for all other materials are subject to the lending library. Patrons are asked to return materials by the specified date on the Interlibrary Loan slip attached to the item.


Renewals may be requested once and they are dependent upon the lending library's policy and not Fitchburg State. If you wish to renew your Interlibrary Loan item, please contact us prior to the date it is due. You may request a renewal online through your ILLiad account. You may also call/email the Interlibrary Loan Office; please be sure to include your name and student Banner number and the title of the item you wish to renew.

Processing Time

Depending upon the nature of the request, it normally takes 0-3 days for electronic materials and 7-10 days for physical materials from the submission of your request until the item is received.

Note: The staff will contact 5 libraries whenever possible to try to borrow the item; if the request has to go to the 4th or 5th library in the queue it may take longer.

Number of Requests

There is no limit to the number of requests that you submit, however, requests in excess of 5 will be filled as time permits. Please use the comments field to indicate whether an item is higher or lower priority than another, otherwise we will process the requests on a first received, first processed basis.


  1. Verify that the Gallucci-Cirio Library does not own the materials you are requesting by checking our Library Catalog and Journal Locator. If we own the item, you must come into the library and check the item out through the Circulation Desk.

    Note: The only exceptions to this policy are students enrolled through a Distance Learning or Extended Campus program/course or faculty teaching Distance Learning or Extended Campus courses. Use the ILLiad system to place your requests. Please refer to Distance Learning and Extended Campus for more information about how to request items from our collections.
  2. Patrons are asked to complete the form by filling in as much item information as possible.
  3. Return the material on time. If you need it longer, please contact us to request a renewal before the item is due. If items are not returned in a timely manner the libraries that lent them to us may refuse to lend to us in the future.
  4. By borrowing an item through Interlibrary Loan, you accept the responsibility for paying any late fines if you return the item late, lost fees if you fail to return the item, or any damaged fees if the item is not returned to us in the same condition as it was when you received it as assessed by the lending library.
  5. We reserve the right to deny/revoke this auxiliary privilege to any Fitchburg State student whose library account is or becomes delinquent with us and/or fails to follow these policies. In addition students will have a hold placed on their library and student Banner accounts for overdue, lost or damaged items.

Cross-borrowing Partners

The Ameila V. Gallucci-Cirio Library particpates in two cross-borrowing programs:

Academic & Research Collaborative (ARC)

Through ARC Fitchburg State students, faculty and staff may borrow circulating materials directly at most of these libraries. Within this group we participate in both a student and a faculty/staff cross-borrowing program. In order to borrow circulating materials directly from any of these libraries, you must present a Student, Faculty or Staff ARC Card issued by our Circulation Department and your Fitchburg State One Card I.D. at that library's circulation desk. To get your ARC Card, please inquire at the Circulation Desk of the Gallucci-Cirio Library. As part of this cross-borrowing agreement, you as the borrower, agree to abide by that library's policies which may differ from Fitchburg State as to length of the check out period, late fine rate, etc. See list of participating libraries.

MA Higher Education Libraries (WILL) 

Fitchburg State students, faculty and staff may borrow circulating materials directly at any Massachusetts state university through the WILL program at no charge. (UMass Worcester - Medical does not participate in this agreement). Simply present your Fitchburg State Student One Card I.D. card at that library's Circulation Desk to register for borrowing privileges. If you have a pictureless One Card, you may be asked to also provide a picture I.D. such as a driver's license. As part of this cross-borrowing agreement, you as the borrower, agree to abide by that library's policies which may differ from Fitchburg State as to length of the check out period, late fine rate, etc. See list of Libraries.

Note: We reserve the right to deny/revoke these auxiliary privileges to any Fitchburg State member whose library account is or becomes delinquent with us or any of the WILL or ARC member libraries. Additionally, you may have a hold placed on your Fitchburg State account for any unpaid lost, damaged or late fees you accrue.

Borrowing, Renewing, & Returning

Under the ARC and WILL cross-borrowing programs, all borrowing, renewals and returns are done by you directly at that library. If you don't want to travel to that library to borrow and return materials, you can use our Interlibrary Loan service to borrow materials instead.

Circulation Desk and Office

Circulation Office

Located in HA-112, behind the Circulation Desk.

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Circulation Desk

Hours: Same as the Library

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Kelly Boudreau, Public Services Manager
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Jordanna Lawton, Public Services Associate
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