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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: May 08, 2020     Views: 88

Unfortunately, we cannot usually ILL an entire ebook version of a title because libraries cannot typically loan out passwords to databases where their ebooks are. If an ebook is Open Access, it is probably something you can access on your own apart from using ILL.

If you do a Discovery search and find an ebook that TCC does not have access to, you might not be presented with the blue button for an ILL request, because it is wanting you to place requests only for print materials or materials that can be scanned from. 

This is what the blue button looks like: 

ILL button example from catalog

Here is an example of an ebook that TCC does not hold and cannot ILL for you. However, by clicking on "Editions & Formats" you can choose a print copy that we might be able to ILL for you. Notice there is no blue "Interlibrary Loan" button option under the ebook version: 

catalog screenshot no blue button

Choose an edition (typically the more libraries that hold a print version means there are better odds the TCC Library can get it for you): 

shows expanded editions to choose from

Now you are presented with the option to ILL a print copy or request copies be made from the book

ILL button shows up on record now.

Please see the links below or contact us if you still have issues placing your request.