Interlibrary Loans

The Interlibrary Loan Department has two functions: to obtain from other libraries material not owned by UR libraries for Eastman students, faculty, and staff; and second to provide to other libraries items from our circulating collections.

ILLiad is an Interlibrary Loan internet-accessible service available to Eastman School of Music faculty, staff and students with a current Active Directory account.

Requests are made online through ILLiad. Search Worldcat first, find the item you need, and then click the link that says Sibley Interlibrary Loan.

Student ILLiad borrowers are limited to 30 subsidized requests per semester. Requests in excess of 30 will be charged at $15 per request to cover borrowing fees from other libraries.

Interlibrary borrowing services allow Sibley Library patrons access to the collections of most libraries in the country as well as some overseas libraries.

  • Service is available to all Eastman faculty, staff, and students.
  • Requests are made online through ILLiad. Search Worldcat first, find the item you need, and then click the link that says Sibley Interlibrary Loan.
  • PDF scans of journal articles and non-copyright-protected materials are usually available.
  • Items usually arrive in 2-6 weeks, depending on the library we get it from and what mail service is used. Patron will be notified by email when item arrives.
  • Some Audio Visual materials, microfilms and microfiche are available through interlibrary borrowing.
  • Some libraries offer rush service for an extra fee.

Certain items are generally unavailable for Interlibrary Borrowing. Interlibrary Borrowing staff can assist patrons with options for obtaining these items:

  • Rare/old items
  • Some theses and dissertations
  • Items found only in libraries outside the US

Sibley Music Library participates as a lending library. Only OCLC requests are accepted. Telephone requests, ALA forms, and fax requests are not accepted. The loan period is four weeks, subject to recall. Renewals may be requested. The Sibley Library does not loan items to individuals through Interlibrary Loan. Patrons wishing access to an item in our collection should place an interlibrary loan request through their public or university library. OCLC symbol: RES


  • RRLC


  • Loans: $20, No coupons
  • Photocopies: $20
  • IFM charges and payment required
  • Rush service available for additional fees
  • Odyssey scans preferred

Items in the collections of Sibley Library that are unavailable for loan include:

  • Periodicals and reference works
  • Audio Visual materials
  • Brittle, rare, and non-circulating items
  • Materials currently in use


Items held by the University of Rochester Library System can be requested through Discover UR. Requests for these items do not go through the Interlibrary Loan office.

The Interlibrary Loan office is located in room 220 in the Sibley Music Library. In-library consultation may be made with the reference desk staff. Requests and questions can be emailed to

Mail requests and questions to:

Sibley Music Library
27 Gibbs Street
Rochester, New York 14604 USA

 Please click on the Login button, below, to continue.

Need a reminder of your AD username and password? Go to Active Directory homepage.
Call the Sibley Circulation Desk at 274-1300 for any other questions.


When will I get the item I’ve requested?

The usual wait is 2-6 weeks, although some items may take longer. Often, more than one library must be contacted before the loan is made. Books are typically shipped “library rate,” so the mail service itself delays receipt.

How do I use Interlibrary Loan to order a particular item?

Requests are made online through ILLiad. Search Worldcat first, find the item you need, and then click the link that says Sibley Interlibrary Loan.

Can I find out which libraries hold a particular item?

The same databases used by the ILL office are available through Worldcat.  Sibley Library Reference Assistants can show you how to locate and use these databases.

Can I request items from Rush Rhees and other University of Rochester libraries?

Requests for items held in the University of Rochester Library system should be submitted through DiscoverUR. Click on the Request This Item link.

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