Q. How does interlibrary loan work?


Interlibrary loan enables you to borrow material held in other libraries. 

If you are using an Ebscohost database and find an article for which the full-text is not available, you may decide to try and get it through interlibrary loan.  Before doing so, please be sure it is an article which you can truly use for your research:

-Check the date of the article, is it too old?

-Read the abstract to get an idea of the content.

-Look at the article length, is it long enough to be worth waiting for?

If the you decide that the article is indeed valuable to your research, click on the INTERLIBRARY LOAN link.  You will be brought to a form.  The bottom section will be filled out for you, simply enter your contact information.  Levin Library does NOT share this information with anyone.  Be sure and enter the date you need the material by, do not simply enter "ASAP". 

If there is a book or film you need from another library, please click here: http://www.curry.edu/special/forms/ill_form.aspx

You will have to fill out the information at the bottom of the form detailing your requested material.

After submitting a form, it can take varying amounts of time for the lending library to provide us with your requested material.  If it is an article, sometimes a lending library will email or fax it; this may only take a couple of days.  If they decide to mail it, the time you have to wait will be longer.  All books and films are mailed and can also take longer depending on the rarity of the item. 

Once we receive your material, we will contact you.  You may pick up your material at the circulation desk where you will be told when it must be returned.

  • Last Updated Nov 02, 2016
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  • Answered By Ben Brudner

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