Interlibrary Loan Requests: Good for What “ILLs” You

Still waiting for that hold he placed. If only he’d used ILL …

You probably know that the GC Library’s interlibrary loan department can help you access books and other resources that are not held at our library. But to support your information needs, we can do so much more!

  • If you need an item that is currently checked out at our library or at other CUNY libraries, consider requesting it via ILL instead of placing a hold on the copy in use.  You may get the item quicker with ILL than through a hold, and we won’t have to rush the other patron to return the book.  This way, more available copies will be connected to readers who want them, which is better for everyone!
  • If an article or book chapter you need is at the GC Library, we will scan and deliver it to you as a pdf.
  • If you have a partial citation for something and need more information, we can help track it down for you.
  • If you cannot connect to a journal article or book chapter that we are supposed to have digital access to, we will get you a copy through ILL.
  • If we have access to an ebook that you can read immediately, we will let you know, but if you prefer a print copy, just tell us and we will get it for you.

Please contact us with any questions. We are always here to help you meet your research and information needs.

About the Author

Beth Posner is the Head of Library Resource Sharing at The CUNY Graduate Center Library.