Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Library Lingo #6- ILL

If you need a book or journal article that Grafton Library doesn't own, no need to feel ill about it- use ILL!

ILL (aka Interlibrary Loan) is a service where Grafton Library can borrow books from libraries all over the country and have them sent here for you to use. We can also get journal articles not available in our online databases.

How does this service work?

For books, do a search on your topic or the title of the book you need in WorldCat. WorldCat is an online catalog that connects you with library catalogs from all over the country. Once you find a book you would like to use, choose the ILL button at the top or click "borrow this item from another library."

Books can take anywhere from 4-10 days to arrive at the library depending on how long it has to travel, so begin your research early. Once the book is here, you will received an email informing you it is available. Just stop by the circulation desk and pick it up.

We can also get journal articles not available through our online databases or in our print collection. Some databases such as EBSCO have a convenient ILL form right in the database:

For other databases or articles you find in a citation list, you can use our online request form. In many cases journal articles are emailed directly to you within 3-5 days. Others arrive through the mail and you can pick them up at the circulation desk.

For more information about this service, please visit our ILL page.

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