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Policies: Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan Requests

Requesting materials

You may request an interlibrary loan in person at the Albany campus library or by using the form below. Please refer any questions to ILL STAFF - or x4678.

If you wish to submit an ILL request online, please download and complete this form, then email as an attachment to


What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) lets LBCC students, faculty, and staff obtain materials that are not available in the LBCC Library. The Library requests them for you from another library. Please limit your requests to five a week and do check your local library catalog before requesting ILLs. [NOTE: Interlibrary loan services are available only during academic terms and limited to current LBCC students, faculty, and staff.]

What can I request?

Yes - books; copies of individual articles from journals, magazines and newspapers.

No - reference materials; whole issues of journals, magazines or newspapers.

Making an ILL Request

First check through EBSCOhost's databases or the LBCC library catalog to make sure you cannot already obtain the material. Then use the relevant form at the top of the page.

What Happens When Materials Arrive?

You will be contacted by email, phone, and/or regular mail. Requests generally take 1-2 weeks to complete. Uncommon items may take longer. Pick up and return items at the Circulation Desk - two weeks is a common loan period for interlibrary loan items. Ask library staff if renewal is possible.

Distance Students

Distance learning students may request that items be mailed to them if they are unable to come to the Library. [Those requesting mail service become responsible for the cost of any borrowed items and are also responsible for the return postage.]