Try Interlibrary Loan Today

Welcome from all of us in the Interlibrary Loan office to all new and returning members of the GC community!

As we begin the new semester (and at all times!) we encourage you to use our interlibrary loan services to make requests for any information you need. ILL is an essential part of research at the Graduate Center Library, and expands access far beyond our local print collections and electronic resources.

What can you request? Articles, print books, book chapters – and more! 

Any articles, book chapters, etc. that you aren’t able to access through the GC library can be requested via ILL to be delivered to you as a PDF. We can also help you to access information from our online databases, we will make PDF copies of articles or book chapters that we have on our shelves for you, and we will identify open access sources when available.

Or, if you’re looking for a book that our Library doesn’t have – place an interlibrary loan request! Through ILL, we have access to the collections of libraries around the world.

We are also able to obtain other library materials – microfilm, DVD, musical scores, and more. There is no need for you to locate the library where a material is held – simply place a request, and we will let you know if we can or cannot find a copy, and what alternatives may be available.

Once we receive the material you will get an email with a link to a copy, or if it’s a physical item, then you can pick it up at the library’s circulation desk. (We will keep loans until they are due back at the lending library.)

How long does it take? 

Requests for print books are typically fulfilled within a  few business days, while articles may arrive within hours (and sometimes within minutes). (Although, if an item is coming from another country, it will take longer!)

How do we make requests? 

From any library database, Worldcat or Google scholar, just look for a “Request From ILL” link.This also enables auto-filling the details on the request form. Or, you can always make ILL requests from our library website.

To log in, use your GC Network ID and password, the same credentials you would use to log into the Library databases remotely, or to log into a computer on campus

Need help? We’re here to answer any questions at

We look forward to connecting you with the information you need to advance your studies and conduct your research! And, we encourage you to rely on ILL as it offers an invaluable form of access to materials during your time at the Graduate Center.

About the Author

Resource Sharing Librarian, Graduate Center Library.