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What can I request through interlibrary loan?

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Types of materials available through interlibrary loan include books, dissertations, government publications, and journal articles.

Current periodicals or newspapers, rare books, material in special collections, new books, videos, conference proceedings, and recordings may be difficult to obtain or unavailable for loan. We make our best effort to obtain materials you request, but we cannot guarantee that your request will be filled.

In general, you should not use interlibrary loan to request the following types of materials:

  • Best sellers/popular titles
  • Self-help books
  • Video games
  • Conference proceedings
  • Test preparation materials
  • Textbooks and study guides
  • Current feature films

You can find more information on the Interlibrary Loan Services Page.