Conducting Library Research

Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loans facilitate the borrowing of materials from other libraries without actually having to go to them. There are a number of reasons for using this service:

1) Your library may not have the item you are wanting 

or

2) Someone else may have already borrowed the item from the library you most often use.

The first is a common occurrence: Not all the contents of a library collection are the same as the next. The second, equally common, occurs when many students attending the same college or university are working on a similar assignment, especially during the same semester: a sound argument for not procrastinating, or waiting till the last minute, to begin your research project.

Most colleges and universities allow you to make an interlibrary loan request from your own personal computer or from any of the computers located in the library itself or in computer labs located elsewhere on campus. The online request form should be self-explanatory; however, in the event it is not, any librarian will be able to assist you in learning the procedure.

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