When searching for articles in the library's databases you can submit a request directly. Look for the links to "Request an Interlibrary Loan" or "Find a copy". These links will take you directly to a form where you can provide your contact information and submit the request.
Tutorials for how to place a request
If you have found a book or article through a Google search or something cited by another source you can place a request directly to the library by sending an email message to
Please provide as much of this information as you can with your request:
Allow 7-10 business days for delivery of tangible items.
Allow 2-3 business days for delivery of materials in digital format.
Books will be sent to you through U.S. Postal Service at the library's expense but return postage is the responsibility of the borrower.
Articles and chapters are sent as PDF attachments to your NNU email address and are your copies to keep.
Please contact the library (208-467-8611) if you place a request and do not get a confirmation email from the library within 2 business days. To prevent your requests from being lost in campus spam filters, we urge you to always use your NNU Gmail account when placing your requests or corresponding with the library
What is "Interlibrary Loan"?
If you have checked all of the NNU library print and online resources and found that we do not have a copy of the materials you can ask us to get it for you from some other library. This is called "Interlibrary Loan". The service is included as part of your tuition at NNU and only available to NNU students and employees.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service offered by John E. Riley Library to support the research and educational needs of the Northwest Nazarene University community by providing access to additional resources not owned by NNU. Riley Library conducts all transactions in accordance with the National Interlibrary Loan Code and Explanatory Supplement, the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code, Sections 107 and 108), and CONTU Guidelines.
The library reserves the right to prioritize and manage requests depending on the workflow. If the library cannot obtain an item the patron will be notified as soon as possible.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are intended for NNU students, faculty, administrative personnel and staff.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyrighted material. A photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research”. If an individual uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use”, that individual may be liable for copyright infringement.
Approved by Library Staff & Instructional Resources Council: October 2004
Revised by Library Staff: Spring 2016