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Borrow from Another Library

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Libraries share books and articles from their collections via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Interlibrary Loan is a free service for current Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff. Please use the link to the right to create an ILLiad account; then use Interlibrary Loan to get the scholarly resources your research requires!

How Does Interlibrary Loan Work?

The Interlibrary Loan Process:

  • The Interlibrary Loan Office sends your request to 15 lending libraries at a time.
  • Each library has four days to fulfill or decline the request. If declined, because the title is checked out or the volume/issue is missing, the request goes to the next lender in the string.
  • If all 15 lenders decline the request, it comes back to the Interlibrary Loan Office, and we submit the request to another group of 15 potential lenders.

Interlibrary Loan materials can be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Failure to pick up Interlibrary Loan requests may result in a $10 fine on your library account.

Since books and media may be unavailable, non-circulating, or shipped from afar, requests could take anywhere from 3-15 business days to fulfill. Articles usually take between 1-4 business days because they can be scanned and sent electronically or faxed. It is unlikely that we will be able to obtain textbooks, CD's, DVD's, or Blu-Ray materials.

No time for Interlibrary Loan?

You can use WorldCat to discover which library has the item you need. Once you determine the library is a:


Contact the ILL Department

Interlibrary Loan Department
Butler Library, 155
OCLC Symbol: YBM