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Interlibrary Loan

What Is an InterLibrary Loan?

An Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is when one library borrows and item from another library for use by a library patron.

If you have found an article that is perfect for your research but is not available in full text, or if you need a book that is not in the BTC Library collection, this may be the way to get it.

Interlibrary Loan is available to BTC faculty, staff, and students only.

The Process:

  1. Discover a book or an abstract for a great article.
  2. Check the BTC Library OneSearch to make sure it is not available in another format or database.
  3. Ask a librarian for help in finding alternative resources available locally.
  4. Submit an Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
  5. Receive your article or book.
  6. Return your item by the due date.

Tip: Make your requests as early as possible as it can take up to 2 weeks for an item to arrive by mail, depending on the lending institution.



BTC Library Information Desk: (360)752-8383

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