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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2021     Views: 3

It depends! If it is a textbook we already own or have access to, it is against our policy to grant those requests because we already have the material. 

However, if we are not granting access to a textbook, such as due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can attempt to request. 

Textbooks are usually tricky to get through this service because many libraries need textbooks for their patrons, but it is free if you wish to try. Find the textbook using a Discovery Catalog Search (on the library homepage). Click on the "Interlibrary Loan" button to start the request. After you sign in you will see a form that is pre-filled.  Choose your pickup location and press "submit."

Keep in mind you will not likely get to keep the book the entire semester. Our library does not control due dates for interlibrary loans.

It may be a better idea to ILL a chapter you need from the book until you can get a print copy. Keep in mind that copyright guidelines through our ILL system will only allow for limited portions up to 5 times from some titles in a single year for the entire institution. See the link below for more information. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the library is not currently offering print course reserves until further notice. However, library staff is happy to help faculty explore options for providing electronic course reserves within Blackboard. Faculty can see this link for more information.