Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan is a service for Cornell faculty, staff and registered students. Interlibrary Loan allows Cornell Library users to borrow physical material from other libraries and universities, as well as obtain copies of articles or chapters from titles that are not held by Cornell University Library.

Books can also be borrowed using Borrow Direct. Copies of articles and chapters from titles held by Cornell can be requested using ScanIt. Institutions and individuals not affiliated with Cornell should see the Interlibrary Lending page for details about policies and charges.

What can be requested on Interlibrary Loan?

  • Books and multi-volume works
  • Conference proceedings
  • Dissertations
  • Audiovisual material (videos, DVD's)
  • Selected bound journal volumes
  • Microfilm
  • Microfiche
  • Selected articles from journals
  • Selected book chapters
  • Other miscellaneous formats

Is there a charge to use Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan and ScanIt are free for Cornell faculty, staff and registered students.

Can I request a book that is held at Cornell but currently checked out?

Please use Borrow Direct as your primary source to request loans of Cornell-owned items that are checked out. If the material you need is not available from Borrow Direct you may submit a request on Interlibrary Loan. However, in some cases it may be faster to recall the Cornell copy. If you recall the Cornell copy please contact the Interlibrary Loan office to cancel your request.

Items held in the Cornell Library that are on Reserve or in Reference may not be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan.

How long will it take to get the items I requested on Interlibrary Loan?

Most loans requested on Interlibrary Loan will arrive in about 1-2 weeks, but in some cases may take longer. Most articles are received in about 2-3 business days. If you have any questions about the status of your request please contact your Interlibrary Loan office.

How long can I borrow Interlibrary Loan items?

The loan period for items borrowed on Interlibrary Loan is determined by the library lending the material. Standard loans are between 2-6 weeks, but can be as little as 3 days in some cases.

Can I renew my Interlibrary Loan?

Most Interlibrary Loan material can be renewed. Due dates and renewal eligibility will be on the band attached to the book.

A renewal may be requested by phone, e-mail, in person, through My Account, or on the Interlibrary Loan and ScanIt page.

When submitting a renewal request via My Account or the Interlibrary Loan and ScanIt page, the due date will not change immediately. ILL staff will receive the request and contact the lending library for the new due date. You will receive an email with the new due date, usually within 1-2 days.

How do I cancel my request if I no longer need the material?

In some cases requests can be cancelled using the Interlibrary Loan and ScanIt web site. Under "View" select "Outstanding Requests," and click on the Transaction Number for the request to be cancelled. Some requests will have the option of "Cancel Request" next to "Edit Request." If this option is not available, please contact your Interlibrary Loan office.

How do I register for Interlibrary Loan?

The first time you use Interlibrary Loan and ScanIt you will be asked to register. This is a one-time registration. During your registration you will be asked to select your Interlibrary Loan unit: Olin Library or Law Library. Only Law School faculty, staff, and students should select the Law Library. All other schools should choose Olin Library.

If you have any further questions or can't find what you need, please ask a librarian, or contact any Interlibrary Loan office directly. Staff are happy to answer any questions via e-mail, phone or in person.

Contact one of the 4 pickup locations on campus:

Display of contact information for Interlibrary Loan
Library Phone Email
Olin Library (607)255-9564
Mann or Veterinary Library (607)255-7754
Law Library (607)255-5750