Interlibrary loan is a service used to request books from other libraries when the title is not held in the Cornish Library collection or local public libraries. If you haven’t yet searched for your title in our library you can search the Cornish Library Catalog here. Help us keep this service free to you by only requesting items essential to your academic work at Cornish. However, ILL is not a substitute source for required course materials. Any item on course reserve is considered available, and will not be filled as an ILL request.
We try to borrow from libraries that lend for free, or a minimal fee, so we usually do not charge our library users for interlibrary loan. However, if you are requesting something unusual, there may be a significant lending fee. If so, we will notify you, before sending the request, to discuss the options. If a lending fee is prohibitively expensive, there may be a service charge.
Interlibrary loan takes time since the book has to be sent through the mail. At the longest, an interlibrary loan transaction can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks, depending upon location and availability. Most libraries do not send CD or DVD formats through interlibrary loan.
Use this form to request a title through interlibrary loan. Requests are not guaranteed, and depend on the availability of the item at participating libraries. A librarian will respond to your request as soon as we know if we can obtain the item for you.