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Last Updated: Nov 12, 2014     Views: 15

Interlibrary Loan

Even with the convenience of FULL TEXT databases, you will still come across useful references to journal articles or books in your research that will not be available either in full text, or in the Library’s periodical or book collections.

What type of materials can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?

These materials can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Books
  • Theses & Dissertations
  • Music scores
  • Photocopies of individual periodical articles
  • Many audio or video recordings. Not all libraries are willing to lend AV materials, but the practice is more common now

These materials cannot be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Whole periodical issues
  • Some audio or video recordings (depending on the lending library’s policy)
  • Recent newspapers
  • Reference books
  • Bulky, fragile, or rare, extremely valuable materials (usually those materials found in “Special Collections” or archival collections)

For assistance, see Joyce Bruce in the Library’s Interlibrary Loan Office, Room 112 (ext. 2576), or the Reference Librarian (ext. 2455).