Request the Item Via Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan (ILL):
What is ILL?
Document Delivery/ILL gives you access to loans or copies of materials that the Library does not own
Items can be requested from across town, across the country, or around the world
Journal articles are delivered electronically in as little as 3 days, sometimes only a few hours
Most items arrive in 10 days
There is no charge to you for this service
How do I submit a request?
Do I need to use ILL?
ILL is an optional service. Most undergraduates are able to complete their research assignments using the resources available at the Vanderbilt Libraries. However, if you find that the resources you need are not available, ILL can come to the rescue.
Who can make an ILL request?
Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students.
What can I request?
We can usually borrow from other libraries the kinds of materials you find in the Central Library: including books, microforms, dissertations, and government documents. In some cases the item you request may be too rare or fragile to borrow.
How long does it take?
It usually takes a few weeks or less for a book, but sometimes takes several months or longer.This is another reason why it pays to start your research early. A good rule of thumb: Budget at least two week for receiving an ILL request.
What does it cost?
If you need a book for your research, you can suggest that we purchase the item