Cornish Library Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loans (ILL) allow you to request books, or articles, from other libraries when the item you need is not held in the Cornish Library collection or at local public libraries. If you haven’t yet searched for your title in our library, you can search the Cornish Library Catalog here.

Please note: Interlibrary loans are not a substitute way for students to access required course materials. Any item on course reserve is considered available, so requests for these titles will not be filled as an ILL request.

We try to borrow from libraries that lend for free, or for a minimal fee, so we usually do not charge our library users for interlibrary loan. Help us keep this service free by only requesting items essential to your academic work at Cornish. 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 loans take time since the book has to be sent through the mail. At the longest, an interlibrary loan transaction can take anywhere from two to three weeks, depending upon the lending library’s location and the item’s 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.