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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Is there a resource you want that we don't have? Don't feel stuck! Interlibrary loan is the system for requesting materials not owned by your library and it's free for you!

Borrowing Books from Other Libraries

If you identify a book that is not owned by UMass Dartmouth libraries, you may request a copy through interlibrary loan. 

How long interlibrary loan takes depends on the lending library, but requests are usually filled within 1-2 weeks. There is no emergency, over-night interlibrary loan, so it's a good idea to request materials well before the project is due!

Note that textbooks and other material (DVDs, CDs, etc.) required for UMass Dartmouth classes that are available for sale at the campus store may not be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Requesting Articles from Other Libraries

Some subject-specific databases include little or no full text to articles. You also might run into an interesting citation for an article in the reference list of an article or book.

When this happens, check to see if the article is available in the library collection. Some databases provide a link to check availability; for others, please click the Find Journals by Title link from the library home page (under the search box). See the video below for more details!

 

If we don't have access to the article, use the link below to fill out a request for it. While it depends on the lending library, it's likely to arrive between 24-48 hours during the week. There is no emergency, over-night service so make requests as soon as you can!

Borrowing DVDs from Other Libraries

If you identify a DVD that is not owned by UMass Dartmouth libraries, you may request a copy through interlibrary loan. 

Just like with books, how long interlibrary loan takes depends on the lending library, but requests are usually filled within 1-2 weeks. Keep in mind with DVDs that many libraries have very specific rules about lending them, which might make the request take longer.

There is no emergency, over-night interlibrary loan, so it's a good idea to request materials well before the project is due!