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Potomac State College

NSG 276 - Evidence-based Practice and Research: Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What is interlibrary loan (ILL)?

Do you need a book or article our library doesn't have? You can borrow it from another library! No one single library could hold every book, so when a user needs a book that their library doesn't have, the library can ask to borrow it from a library which does have it. That's what interlibrary loan or ILL means. 

Be aware that requests may take up to two weeks to fill, so start your research early so that if you need an item from another library, it has enough time to reach you for your use.

How can I make an interlibrary loan (ILL) request?

If you aren't satisfied with the articles you find our library, you can always click the Libraries Worldwide refinement to look for items held by other libraries.

Here, we found an article that is not in Potomac State College Library's catalog:

Click on the item's title, in this case, "Shoulder Impingement Syndrome".

Now, click "Request this item". This will open a form where you can request that the item be borrowed from another library.

Fill out each of the fields with an asterisk and then hit "Submit".

You will get a confirmation that your request has been submitted. Then you just wait until the article arrives assuming another library can fulfill your request (which they usually can in most cases) -- you will receive a notification through your MIX email!

Good luck!