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Interlibrary Loan (aka ILLiad) Instructions

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services allow FIU students, faculty, staff, and clinical affiliates (who have signed up for library privileges) to request articles and books that we do not have in our collection. By creating an ILLiad account, you can request books and articles via this nationwide (at times even global) automated system, which will retrieve such items for you from other libraries.  Books come in the mail and you may pick them up at the Medical Library. Electronic articles get e-mailed to you with a very fast turn-around time, often within the same day.

Since it is a system that connects you to other schools, you need an additional ILLiad account. (Your plain Medical Library account will not suffice). Instructions for doing so are below.

Note: for Step 5 below, if you lack a 14-digit Barcode which is on the back of your OneCard, (which may be the case if you are a clinical affiliate and never chose to get a OneCard), you may use your 7-digit PantherID instead.

How to Create An Interlibrary Loan (aka ILLiad) Account (Instructions with Screenshots)

  1. Go to the FIU Medical Library Website,, (which resolves to
  1. Click on the button that says "Services".


  1. To request an article or book, you need an ILLiad account.  To the right you will see a box called "Forms" with a tab called "Article and Book Request".  Usually when you arrive at the "Services" page, you default to this tab.  Click the "ILLiad" link to log in or set up your account for the first time.



  1. If you do not yet have an ILLiad account, click on the button that says "First Time Users Click Here".


  1. Fill out the registration form and click "Submit" Information. Be sure to adhere to steps 5a, 5b, and 5c (below).


a. Choose your status.  If you are a community-based faculty member or medical resident, select “Faculty”


b. When you create your account, make sure to set your Department as “COLLEGE OF MEDICINE” and Pickup Location as “Medical Library – Help Desk). It will not default to the correct department, so you must be sure to select the correct option. The options are available from a drop-down menu (see screenshot below).


c. If you lack a 14-digit Barcode (which is on the back of your OneCard that you may or may not have chosen to get), use your PantherID.



Learn the difference between your 7-Digit PantherID and your 14-Digit FIU OneCard. No matter what, you will have a PantherID. But you will not have 14-digit OneCard number unless you actually applied for a OneCard.


  1. Once you create an account, staff at the Medical Library must activate your account. We will notify you of this via e-mail.


  1. This is what the top of the landing page of your ILLiad account will look like:


  1. You may start requesting items before we complete your registration and they will be processed. (You will not have to submit them again).


  1. If you used your PantherID to create your account, use it when you log back into ILLiad to check the status of your order or make new requests.

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Medical Library
305 348-1466 (phone)
305 348-0631 (fax)
11200 SW 8th Street, GL 380
Miami, FL 33199