Using PALCI and ILLiad

When doing research, you may come across books or articles that you would like to use for your report, but are not available at Lehigh. Don't despair! You can gain access to books and articles that Lehigh does not own or are charged out by using PALCI or ILLiad. So, just what exactly are PALCI and ILLiad?

What is PALCI?

PALCI “Search and Borrow” queries regional academic library catalogs for books so that you can request those titles you need. To login to PALCI you need the Lehigh I.D. number (9 digits). Books requested using PALCI usually arrive within 7days, sometimes as quickly as 2 or 3 days, and can be picked up anytime the library is open. “Search and Borrow” may be used for books owned by the Libraries that are in use. Remember, PALCI is for books only.

To use PACLI, click on the link Books via PALCI on the Library Services webpage or on the PALCI tag within ASA, Lehigh's online catalog (as shown below).

What is ILLiad?

ILLiad is Lehigh's enhanced interlibrary loan and document delivery service. Use ILLiad to request books, articles, dissertations, and reports that the library does not own or that are available in print only from the library. Books and articles requested from other libraries through ILLiad can take from 7-10 days to arrive at Lehigh but often arrive more quickly. When your document arrives, you will be notified in an e-mail with a link to the PDF of the requested item on the library’s ILLiad server. While most articles will be delivered electronically to your ILLiad account, some will be in paper format; these will be available at the library for pickup along with any books you requested. ILLiad can also be used to get scanned copies of articles in the library print collection. Note: You must do a one-time set up of your profile in ILLIAD; the ILLIAD login requires a current Lehigh user name and password.

To request items via ILLiad, enter ILLiad by clicking on the ILLiad link on the Library Services webpage.

You can perform various functions once inside ILLiad. For example, you can request items by type:

You can also review requests you have made, view electronically received items, and more:

You can also use ILLiad to retrieve articles directly through a link provided in databases via SFX (see the information literacy tutorial Locating the full text of articles using SFX).

If Lehigh Links does not provide another electronic link to the full text of the article in another database, and a search of ASA shows that Lehigh does not own a print copy of the article, the option "Get a copy from another library" will appear with a link underneath for ILLiad. The best part about using ILLiad this way is that the citation information of the article is automatically plugged in for you. All you need to do is sign up for ILLiad first, and then the rest is done for you.