1) First check our library catalog to see if we own the book.
2) If Concordia does not own the book, or if it is already checked out, you can then check to see if other libraries in the I-Share network own it.
What is I-Share? Concordia belongs to a consortium of 89 academic and research libraries in Illinois that share books and other items for free (the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, or CARLI). The computer-based system that provides access to library items among these libraries is I-Share. All I-Share libraries use the same computer system to manage interlibrary lending and borrowing of items throughout the network.
If another I-Share library has the book, you can place a request yourself for the book to be shipped to the Concordia library (information here; screenshot of the ILL Request form). Books requested through I-Share usually arrive within four business days. You will be notified by email as soon as it arrives at the library.
3) If no I-Share libraries have the book, you can place a request for it through our Interlibrary Loan Request Form. The Interlibrary Loan librarian will then request the book through a different database that is national in scope. These items may come from a public library in Illinois, or from an out-of-state library. We will try to obtain it the fastest way possible, ideally at no cost, but these items may be shipped through the U.S. Postal Service so they can take more than a week to arrive.