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Library Handbook: Interlibrary Loan

Guide to the circulation, account, and library use policies of the MCNY Library.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Do you need a book or article that we do not have at our library?  Well, you're in luck!  We can ask for that book or article from another library using Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  Best of all, this service is free to you.

Because the item is being shipped or scanned and emailed from another library, the wait for an ILL item can be one day or up to two weeks.  This means that you should start your research early because you don't know if you will need to order that perfect bit of information from another library.

How do I request an interlibrary loan?

To request an interlibrary loan, first make sure that you double-check out our ejournals and catalog to make sure that we don't have it.  That will save you a lot of time and trouble.

Then, send an email to with the following information:

  • For a book, you will need the author(s), title, publisher, publication date, and if possible, the ISBN number.
  • For an article, you will need the author(s); the title of the article; the title of the journal; the date, volume, and/or issue number of the journal (if available); and the page numbers of the article.

If you found this item in our catalog, then you can copy and past the above information from the catalog into your email.

Once your book or article arrives, you will receive an email telling you to come pick it up at the library.

Then our trusty mail service will deliver your package.

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