Answered By: Jessica Bower
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Q: What is Interlibrary Loan?
Answered by: Jessica Bower

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a lending service provided to the Yale community. If Yale does not own or have access to certain materials (books, microforms, online articles, etc.), patrons can request to borrow them from another library via ILL. The ILL service also works in conjunction with the Scan and Deliver service to provide patrons with scans of requested journal articles or book chapters in lieu of whole physical volumes.

Current Yale students, faculty, and staff with valid netID access should check item availability on the Borrow Direct database before placing requests through the ILL system. Alumni with library borrowing privileges may also access the ILL service.

More information and the login portal can be found on our Get it @ Yale: Interlibrary Loan guide.
Yale patrons with questions about their requests may email
Non-Yale patrons and libraries with borrowing requests may contact the ILL office at

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