What is it?
A free service for borrowing material not owned at Yale.
When do I use it?
After trying Yale collections and Borrow Direct.
Who can use it?
Current students, faculty, staff, fellows, post-docs, and alumni who have purchased library privileges.
How long does it take?
Depends on availability but usually two to three weeks.
How long can I keep materials?
Determined by the lending library and may be recalled. No online renewals.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that allows Yale patrons to request library materials from institutions all over the world. If a book, journal, dissertation, or other item is not available in the Yale library system or through Borrow Direct then the ILL department will attempt to obtain it from a global network of partner libraries. Interlibrary loan requests should be made online using the online request form. First time users should check the ILL step-by-step guide. Non-Yale patrons and libraries should check the FAQs for Yale's ILL lending policies.ILL is usually used to fulfill requests for certain formats:
Some items can be difficult to obtain through ILL. These include:
Some items may not be requested through ILL:
Turnaround times are highly variable and depend on the availability of materials and circulation policies.
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