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What can I borrow through interlibrary loan?

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Almost any material required for scholarly research can be requested through interlibrary loan. Borrowing is contingent upon availability and the policies of the lending institution. 

Loans are governed by the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States of the American Library Association, and the policy of the lending institution.

Most Libraries do not ordinarily loan the following types of materials:

  • Recently published books
  • Journals (photocopies of individual articles are available)
  • Rare materials, including manuscripts
  • Reference materials, i.e. encyclopedias or dictionaries
  • Genealogical materials
  • Bulky or fragile materials
  • Doctoral dissertations, when readily available from University Microfilms International
  • Materials on Reserve
  • Audio-visual Materials