Answered By: Laura Sider
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Q: How can I get a copy of an item that is currently unavailable?
Answered by: Laura Sider


Fall 2020

The library is continuing to process interlibrary loan requests for online articles and online chapters (items not available from Yale Library). Yale Alums are not currently able to request interlibrary loan. Find more information about current interlibrary loan policies at


If you are a current student, staff or faculty member, you are eligible to use the following services:


BorrowDirect is a cooperative program among Yale's Ivy Plus partners, which allows us to share library materials. If any of the participating colleges has an available copy of the book you are looking for, it can be shipped here for your use in 4 business days. Place a request using BorrowDirect.

More information about Borrow Direct is available at the Get it @ Yale Borrow Direct page.

Interlibrary Loan

You may also wish to submit a request for this item to interlibrary loan to borrow items from outside of the Ivy Plus partnership. Place an interlibrary loan (ILL) request.

More information about interlibrary loan is available on the Get It @ Yale Interlibrary Loan guide.

Purchase Requests

If you would like the library to purchase an item for the Yale collection, please fill out the "Purchase Request" form located under "Library Services" at the bottom of our library homepage. We will notify you of our decision.

See the video below for more information on placing a purchase request.


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