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Requesting Library Items: Interlibrary Loan: Getting Started

What can I borrow through Interlibrary Loan?

You can request physical items such as books, CDs, DVDs, and microforms, which will be shipped to the Klinck Memorial Library where you may pick them up.   

You can request journal articles, articles that are published in a book, and, sometimes, sections of books.  These will be sent to your email address as an attachment or through a link.

Borrowing availability is determined by the library that owns the item.

What cannot be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?

The electronic editions of books (eBooks) cannot be loaned or borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.  Patrons may request a single article or chapter from an eBook, but the entire book in e-version is not loaned. 

Case-study literature is a format that is not usually bought or owned by libraries, so case studies are not usually available through Interlibrary Loan.  This is a format designed by for-profit companies; they provide short, single case studies (often in law, business, or medicine) that are available by subscription to a platform.  Professors can select individual cases that best represent the points they wish to make in their course, for tailor-made course materials.  Students usually obtain these by purchasing them individually for a nominal fee (usually a few dollars per item), or by subscription.  

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a library service for obtaining books, articles, dissertations, and other items that the Concordia library does not own.  We can obtain physical items (books, CDs, DVDs, microforms), or pdfs of articles, from other libraries that own them.