Interlibrary Loan

While the majority of Wheaton Archives & Special Collections materials can only be accessed in the Manuscripts Reading Room, select materials are available to users through interlibrary loan. 

Microfilm reelsWheaton Archives & Special Collections can only loan materials to other institutions, such as public or university libraries. Interlibrary loans cannot be made to private individuals.

Only microfilm reels created by the Archives are available for interlibrary loan. Microfilm reels purchased by the Archives are not available through interlibrary loan nor are microfilm with access restrictions. No other items from the collections can be loaned.

For microfilm collections available through interlibrary loan, please refer to our ILL Microfilm List.

Procedure for Submitting Interlibrary Loan Requests

To begin the interlibrary loan process, please submit an ILL Request Form for either a North American ILL Loan or International ILL Loan. For any questions about the ILL process or available materials, please contact Archives staff at or 630.752.5910. Forms must be completed and returned to the Archives by the librarian representing the participating institution.

  • For ILL requests within North America, materials can be loaned for six weeks and can be renewed for an additional four weeks. All renewal requests must be made by contacting Archives staff prior to the original due date of the materials.
  • For ILL loans made to institutions outside North America, materials can be loaned for nine weeks and are not renewable.
  • Loan periods begin from the date materials are shipped from the Archives to the participating institution.
  • Materials on loan should be returned to the Archives by the due date.
  • No more than six reels of microfilm may be loaned to a researcher at a time.
  • Loaned microfilm reels may not be copied by the researcher or the borrowing library.
  • All materials loaned out by Wheaton Archives & Special Collections must be returned to the following address by the due date:

Wheaton Archives & Special Collections
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Interlibrary Loan Fees:

All fees associated with the ILL request must be received before Wheaton Archives & Special Collections will ship requested material to participating institutions.

  • There are no fees for microfilm reels loaned within North America.
  • There is a $20.00 fee per shipment for interlibrary loans made to institutions outside North America to cover shipping and handling charges.