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Interlibrary Loan: Renew your ILL item

Renewing an ILL item

To request a renewal, log into your ILLiad account. 

  • Click on Checked Out Items under View in the left column of screen.
  • Click on the blue Transaction Number by the title of the request you want to renew. 
  • Click on Renew Request.  This will send a renewal request to the lending library.

After the renewal is submitted, you will be given a brief three day extension while we wait for a response from the lending library.  
Once the lending library has approved or not approved the request, you will receive an updated email message with the final due date.

Items may only be renewed on or before their due date.

If you wish to renew an item a second time or have any trouble renewing an item, please contact Connie Karlen at

Return your ILL item by the due date

Macalester relies on libraries across the state of Minnesota and around the world to share their materials with us.  It is very important to maintain a good relationship with these libraries. Thank you for respecting the due dates on your ILL materials.  Failure to return ILL items will result in a loss of ILL privileges and you will be billed by the lending library for the cost of replacing the item.

Return books and other physical items, along with their paperwork, to the service desk in the library.

Overdue fines

If items are not returned on or soon after their due date, your ILL privileges will be blocked.  This is done to encourage you to respect ILL due dates & return materials in a timely manner.  Note, occasionally lending libraries have and will block all Macalester College ILL requests because an ILL item has not been returned.  

There are typically no overdue fines associated with ILL items however, any library that we borrow from has the right to bill Macalester College for items kept passed their due dates. If we are billed for this reason, you will be billed for this amount.  Long overdue items will be considered lost and you will be billed. This amount is generally $100 or more.

Rather than hang on to an ILL item past the due date, be sure to request a renewal before the due date.  
If you would like to request a 2nd renewal, please contact Connie Karlen at