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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is the process the library goes through to borrow materials from another library.

The primary purpose of interlibrary loan at Judson is to supplement the resources available for the academic pursuits of our students, faculty, and staff.

When Bowling Library does not have the book or article you need, you can use interlibrary loan to obtain the item.

Simply put, libraries are really good at sharing resources. If we do not have what you need, another library probably does and obtaining it is simply a matter of asking. 

Do I have to borrow from places nearby?

No. Libraries intentionally build relationships with one another and then use common shipping methods to transfer materials between libraries.

How Do I Request an Item through Interlibrary Loan?

Bowling Library strives to meet the information needs of the Judson Community, whether the information resources are housed on Judson's campus or borrowed from other libraries worldwide.

With that in mind, we try to keep the Interlibrary Loan process simple.

Essentially, you need 2 things to make an Interlibrary Loan Request:

  • Information about the item: title, author, publisher, ISBN, ISSN, etc.
  • Mrs. Stewart's email address:

When you are looking for a resource, remember to check the following places:

  • Most databases have a "Request this Item" feature.
  • Fill out the request form and hit send.
  • If a database does not have a request option, you can always email the citation to Mrs. Stewart.
  • With all communication please remember to include your name.
  • Once Mrs. Stewart receives your request, he will process it. 
  • Interlibrary loans can take up to 3 weeks to arrive, though most arrive in the span of a week.
  • The length of the loan is determined by the lending institution, which will be indicated on your paperwork.


How Do I Get My Interlibrary Loan?

Mrs. Stewart will send you an email alerting you that your interlibrary loan has arrived.

If your loan arrives in an electronic format, expect an email attachment.

Otherwise, stop by the library to pick up your interlibrary loan.

Any library staff member can retrieve your loan.

You will be asked to sign some paperwork acknowledging that you received the item and that you will bring it back.

Interlibrary loans can be returned in the book drop at the front desk.

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