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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a system that allows Thorndike Library patrons to request books, documents and articles from over 50,000 participating libraries in the United States and beyond.
This service greatly expands information available to patrons. However, it takes time to receive some items, so please plan accordingly.
Books available from a Maine library (check MaineCat) can take as little as three days to receive through ILL. Out of state books usually arrive in seven to ten days. Requested articles can arrive as quickly as one day later, although four days is more likely. If time is an issue, speak with ILL staff.
Thorndike Library generally borrows from libraries that loan for free. Some libraries do charge to borrow material, so please let us know on our ILL form how much you are willing to pay if there is an additional fee. Thorndike Library charges non-COA members $2.50 and COA alumni $1.50 per request, plus any charges levied by supplying libraries.
ILL request forms are available in paper and electronic form. Paper forms are located in the library lobby. Please fill out as much of the form as possible. You can use the electronic forms by selecting ILL Article Request or ILL Book Request . If you prefer to use e-mail, please send your name, contact information, and a detailed citation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also note how much you are willing to pay in ILL fees and the last date the material would still be useful.