Have a research paper due at the end of the semester? Have you started on your research? If not, consider getting a head start before spring break, and using the Library’s Interlibrary Loan service! The Stonehill College library has a quarter of a million books and access to nearly 40,000 journals, but sometimes you just don’t find what you need on campus. When this happens, use ILL. Interlibrary Loan is a system that enables libraries to borrow from libraries all over the world. Last year we sent books to six continents, and received items from as far away as South Africa. We can obtain these items for you at no cost to you.
Because items have to be requested and sent from other libraries, items take some time to get here. Books take about 1-2 weeks depending on where they come from; articles can be much faster, and are delivered to you electronically as PDFs. Most articles arrive in just a few days, but rare items can take longer, especially if we need to get things from overseas. For instance, articles from journals whose titles begin with the word “international” tend to take longer to arrive.
If you are in a hurry for an item, talk to a reference librarian, as he or she can give you some insight into how long an item might take, and give you alternatives for obtaining needed information.
If you don’t find what you want in our collection, don’t hesitate to use ILL. Many professors expect you to have the best information available on your topic, even if it is not in our collection.
You can order anything you want via ILL, even books for recreational reading. There are, however, some things that are difficult to get on ILL. For example it is almost impossible to get textbooks because most libraries do not buy them, and new DVDs are also difficult to borrow.
If you don’t have an ILL account, they are easy to set up, just go to the New User link, and click on Register Now. To check on the status of ILL requests go to “Accessing your Accounts” and click on Interlibrary Loan. You sign in with your username and password, and you can check on the status of your orders. If you get started before you head off to the break, we’ll be able to work on your requests while you’re away, and you’ll increase your ability to get everything you need in time for that end-of-the-semester crunch!
If you have any questions contact Heather Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.