Answered By: Jessica Bower Relevo
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2021     Views: 255

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

Yale Library will to get everything as quickly as possible via Interlibrary Loan (ILL), though the turn around time largely depends on how long it takes a lending library to respond to our request. Here is some information you can provide in your request 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 information 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, check to see whether the record lists page numbers or size or other libraries that own the title. If this information is not available, the book probably has not been published yet. You might double-check the actual publication date through
  • 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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