Answered By: Laurissa Gann
Last Updated: May 15, 2020     Views: 1349

What is Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)?

Document Delivery and Interlibrary loan (ILLiad) are the same service. It is a free article ordering service for MD Anderson staff and students provided by the Research Medical Library. Register for ILLiad to order full-text articles and book chapters that are not immediately available in our own electronic book and journal collections.  

How long will it take to receive the items I requested through ILLiad?

Most articles will be delivered within 3 business days. Books take 1-2 weeks to arrive.

Can I get my textbooks through ILLiad?

We will only order books that we do not own in our print or online collection. If the book is available in our collection, we will place you on hold for the book. If we do not own the book, we will try to order it for you. Please note that most academic libraries will not lend textbooks, and books can take up to two weeks to arrive.

If you need a textbook for class:


How Do I Use ILLiad to Order Articles, Books and Book Chapters?

  1. Login to ILLiad with your MD Anderson credentials. If it is your first time using ILLiad, you will be asked to complete a brief registration form.
  2. Search PubMed, our databases or our Search the Library Tool for an article, book or book chapter.
  3. Once you have found the citation you want, click on the red and black "MD Anderson Full-text Article" button (pictured below). This button should take you directly to the full-text article or journal website. image of MD Anderson full text button
  4. If you click on the red and black "MD Anderson Full-text Article" button and still can't get to the PDF, look for a link that says,"Click here to submit ILLiad request". ILLiad is a free article ordering service. Click on the link to login to ILLiad with your MD Anderson credentials. This link will auto-populate an order form with the article information. Choose submit.


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