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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

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What is interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that provides Kingsborough Community College students, faculty, and staff access to library materials not available at the Kingsborough library by obtaining the requested items from other libraries. If the Kingsborough library does not have the material you need, please use the interlibrary loan system and and we will do our best to get it for you.

If you are searching for an article:

  • The article may be available through the Kingsborough library. Check our journal search tool with the name of the periodical and find out whether or not we have accesss to that title.
  • The article may be freely available online! Check Google Scholar to see if the author has published the article in an open access repository.
  • The article will in most cases be delivered to you electronically. Turnaround time is typically within a few days.

If you are searching for an book:

  • Before submitting a request, we ask that you check the CUNY library catalog or OneSearch to see if the item may be available at another CUNY library. You can make a CLICS request for any circulating item at the CUNY library and it will be delivered to the Kingsborough circulation desk! This process is typically even faster than an interlibrary loan request, and the loan period may be longer.
  • Turnaround time is typically 1-3 weeks for books borrowed via interlibrary loan, but some requests may take even longer.
  • ILL requests are not accepted for textbooks. Please check to see if the textbook you want is available in our reserve collections, which are kept behind the circulation desk. Reserve books can be found by searching Ereserves or the library catalog.

If you are searching for a book chaper:

  • Book chapters are delivered electronically.
  • Because of copyright rules, we must limit book requests to one chapter or fifty pages, whichever is less.

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