Borrow Direct, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Material Requests

Cornell University Library has extensive collections as well as partnerships with other universities to help you get the materials you need for your classes and research. The options below will help you get what you need as quickly as possible.

Books and Articles

How long does it take?

Immediately

On the Shelf (Books and Articles)

Check the Library Catalog to determine if Cornell owns the item. If the item is in the circulating collection and not checked out, you can go to the holding library and retrieve it immediately.

Summon (Articles)

Use Summon to locate scholarly journal articles, newspaper articles, and ebooks. Summon draws from many full-text and article-indexing databases, as well as digital repositories from colleges, universities, research centers, and other open-access archives.

12-48 Hours

Library-to-Library Delivery (Books)

Library-to-Library Delivery is a service for Cornell patrons. Patrons can request that an item be shipped from one library to another library of their choosing for more convenient pickup. Requests are made electronically using the Library Catalog.

Library Annex Request (Books)

All circulating material housed at the Library Annex can be requested for use and delivered to a central campus library. For further instructions see the Library Annex Request Information page. For requests of scans of articles and book chapters held at the Annex, use Document Delivery.

Document Delivery (Articles)

Document Delivery is a service for Cornell students, faculty and staff that provides electronic scans of articles and book chapters from material held by Cornell University Library. All libraries on the Ithaca and Geneva campuses offer this service.

3-5 Days

Borrow Direct (Books)

Borrow Direct is a rapid book request and delivery system. It enables Cornell faculty, staff and students to search the combined library catalogs of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Duke, Princeton and Yale — a collection of over 60 million volumes — and directly request expedited delivery of circulating items.

2-14 Days

Interlibrary Loan (Books and Articles)

Interlibrary Loan is a service for Cornell faculty, staff and students. Interlibrary Loan allows Cornell Library users to borrow physical material and obtain scans of articles or book chapters from other libraries and universities. Use Libraries Worldwide to search for material held in institutions all over the world.

Up to 14 Days

Recall

Placing a recall on an item will send the borrower a notice that the book has been requested and must be returned sooner than the original due date. The new due date is 14 days from the date of recall. You may also place a hold for an item that is checked out, and you will receive a notification when the book has been returned.

Serials, Audio Visual material, Microform and more

How long does it take?

Immediately

On the Shelf (Serials, A/V material, microfilm)

Check the Library Catalog to determine if Cornell owns the item. If the item is in the circulating collection and not checked out, you can go to the holding library and retrieve it immediately.

12-48 Hours

Library-to-Library Delivery (Serials, A/V material, microfilm)

Library-to-Library Delivery is a service for Cornell patrons. Patrons can request that an item be shipped from one library to another library of their choosing for more convenient pickup. Requests are made electronically using the Library Catalog.

Library Annex Request (Serials, A/V material, microfilm)

All circulating material housed at the Library Annex can be requested for use and delivered to a central campus library. For further instructions see the Library Annex Request Information page. For requests of scans of articles and book chapters held at the Annex, use Document Delivery.

3-5 Days

Borrow Direct (CDs and DVDs)

Borrow Direct is a rapid book request and delivery system. It enables Cornell faculty, staff and students to search the combined library catalogs of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Duke, Princeton and Yale — a collection of over 60 million volumes — and directly request expedited delivery of circulating items. Borrow Direct partners will lend CDs and DVDs on Borrow Direct. If not available from Borrow Direct, try Interlibrary Loan.

4-14 Days

Interlibrary Loan (Serials, A/V material, microform)

Interlibrary Loan is a service for Cornell faculty, staff and students. Interlibrary Loan allows Cornell Library users to borrow physical material and obtain scans of articles or book chapters from other libraries and universities. Use Libraries Worldwide to search for material held in institutions all over the world.

Up to 14 Days

Recall (Serials, A/V material, microform)

Placing a recall on an item will send the borrower a notice that the book has been requested and must be returned sooner than the original due date. The new due date is 14 days from the date of recall. You may also place a hold for an item that is checked out, and you will receive a notification when the book has been returned.

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