Answered By: Jessica Bower
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2020     Views: 174

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


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


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.

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


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