Answered By: Sawyer Library Reference
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017     Views: 36

If Sawyer Library does not have the research material you need, our Interlibrary Loan Coordinator can submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for your book or article. You should allow two weeks for the receipt of ILL items, although articles often take less time.   Articles can be picked up or delivered to your inbox as PDF files, while books must be picked up at the Reference Desk on the Entrance Level of the Library. Current Suffolk students and faculty are welcome to make ILL requests.  Please note that we cannot request textbooks through ILL.


To make an ILL request for a book or article, complete the following steps:

1. Are you SURE we don't have it at Sawyer Library? Use our online catalog to perform a thorough search by book title + author last name keyword, or search for the title of the journal containing your article. For journal articles, make a note of publication dates accessible through Sawyer Library's online databases. If your article's publication date is outside the range of our current subscription to the journal in question, ILL is an option for you.


2. Make your ILL Request!

   2A. To request an ENTIRE BOOK, please fill out the "Order a Book" form. Complete the form to the best of your ability. The ILL Librarian is most efficient when you provide complete and accurate citation information in your request.

   2B. To request an INDIVIDUAL ARTICLE from a specific issue of a journal or a single BOOK CHAPTER, please fill out the "Order an Article or Chapter" form. Complete the form to the best of your ability.


3. Fill out a separate online form for each article or book that you need. (We need to keep each request separate, so sending a list is not acceptable.)

4. That's it! You will receive an email notice from the ILL Coordinator when your research material is available.

If you need to ask a specific question about ILL, you can send an email to

Another option is to visit another library where you might be able to check out a needed book or photocopy an article.  For more on other libraries, see this question.

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