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Get it @ Yale: Interlibrary Loan

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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.


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Interlibrary Loan Overview

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:

  • Books
  • Book chapters (as pdf files)
  • Journal articles (as pdf files)
  • Microfilm/Microfiche
  • Dissertations and theses
  • Conference proceedings

Some items can be difficult to obtain through ILL. These include:

  • Rare and pre-1850 books and manuscripts
  • Popular fiction
  • Entire journal volumes
  • Films and audio recordings
  • International dissertations

Some items may not be requested through ILL:

  • Items available at Yale, even in non-circulating collections
  • Textbooks in use at Yale (even if checked out of the library)
  • Materials on reserve at any Yale library

Turnaround times are highly variable and depend on the availability of materials and circulation policies.

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