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This page tells you how to request articles and books through interlibrary loan (ILL). If you have questions, please feel free to contact us!

Requesting Articles

To request an article, please fill out the article request form. You will receive an email with a link to your ILLiad account when the article is available for download. The turnaround time is largely dependent upon the loaning institution, so we can't tell you when you will receive the article. However, most article requests are filled within a week.  

If you need more help or step-by-step instructions, see the video tutorials below, visit the library's YouTube page, email us, or stop by the reference desk.

Book Requests

You can request books by filling out a book ILL request form. As with article requests, the turnaround time is largely dependent on the loaning institution.  That said, you can expect an average book request to take about a week.  

When your book arrives, you will receive an email notification.  You will pick up your books at the Circulation Desk, which is located on the library's first floor. 

You can also request specific chapters from a book, and if the lending library is able, they will scan and email you the chapter(s). Fill out the book chapter ILL request form to receive only specific chapters (generally not more than two).

Boston Library Consortium

You can obtain a Boston Library Consortium card at the Library's Circulation Desk. This card grants you access to several academic libraries in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. While we are your primary library, if you don't live close to campus you may find one of these libraries more convenient.