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TCC Library: Request an Interlibrary Loan

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Requesting a book, DVD, or article from another library

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Want a book, article, video or CD that our library doesn't have? Request an interlibrary loan (ILL)! We share with libraries all over the world, so even if our library doesn't have an item you want, we can usually arrange to borrow it from another library. Use the links below to fill out the IL form for an item, email your request, or ask the library staff member at the Front Desk for more information

Frequently Asked Questions

What items can I request through Interlibrary Loan?

You may request books, journal/magazine/newspaper articles, and audio-visual materials. There's no guarantee that we can get everything you request, but we'll certainly try. Please make sure that our library does not have the item before you request it. You can always ask a librarian for help with this if you need it -- our contact information is in the box below.  Please limit your interlibrary loan requests to three at a time.

Are there fees for using Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loans are usually free of charge for current TCC students, staff, and faculty. However, sometimes a fee is required to borrow the material (The TCC Library loans materials to other libraries at no cost, but many libraries do not). In the event that a fee is required to obtain your requested material, we will notify you to approve the charges before placing your request.

How long does it take to receive borrowed items?

That depends on which library lends it to us and the time it takes to ship. In most cases, books and audio-visual materials take about 5-10 business days. Journal/magazine articles can be sent electronically, so they are usually received within 2-5 days. We search the closest libraries first (i.e. libraries in Washington), but if your item is not available in the Northwest we will search nationwide or even (in rare cases) internationally.

How long may I borrow the item?

The loan period is determined by the lending library, not by TCC library. Loans can be anywhere from 2-8 weeks, depending on the lender's policy. Overdue fines will be assessed to items returned after the due date.

What happens if I lose or damage a borrowed item?

Patrons who lose or damage interlibrary loan materials will be charged according to the fees of the lending library. 

What items do we loan to other libraries?

We loan just about everything except items from special collections, such as course reserves.  

How do I place an Interlibrary Loan?

You can email your ILL request to Thank you!

Library "How do I?" credits

The TCC Library "How do I?" guide is adapted from the Library DIY project created by Meredith Farkas, Amy Hofer, Lisa Molinelli and Kimberly Willson-St. Clair at Portland State University Library. Several Library "How Do I?" pages are adapted from pages within the Portland Community College Library "How do I" project, as well as the Oregon State University Libraries' Library DIY project.

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