Answered By: Jessica Bower
Last Updated: Oct 08, 2018     Views: 155

Q: Is there a way to speed up the Interlibrary Loan process?
Answered by: Jessica Bower

We try to get everything as quickly as possible via ILL, though the turn around time largely depends on how long it takes a lending library to respond to our request. Here are some tips on information you can provide that will help staff process your ILL request as quickly as possible:

  • Provide the ISBN number, if available.
  • Provide the “OCLC” Accession Number (found near the bottom of Worldcat records). This can be placed into the “Notes” field of your request.
  • In the “Notes” field, provide any other details that might help locate the book.
  • If the book is listed as having come out in the previous year, make sure that it has actually been published--as publication dates are subject to change. ( If you find the book in Worldcat, please check to see whether the record lists page numbers or size.  If it doesn’t, the book probably has not been published yet.  You might double-check the actual publication date through Amazon.com. )
  • If the book was published in the last year, you may get it faster by asking the Yale Library to buy it via their Purchase Request Form.   

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