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Borrow Direct, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Material Requests
Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan are available. Turnaround times for obtaining physical items might be somewhat longer than before the pandemic.
Cornell University Library has extensive collections as well as partnerships with other universities to help you get the materials you need for your classes and research. The options below will help you get what you need as quickly as possible. If you need additional assistance, please contact libpublicservices@cornell.edu​.
Books and Articles
Serials, Audio Visual material, Microfilm and more
Books and Articles
How long does it take?
Immediately
On the Shelf (Books and Articles)
Check the Library Catalog to determine if Cornell owns the item. If the item is in the circulating collection and not checked out, you can go to the holding library and retrieve it immediately.
EBSCO Discovery Service (Articles)
Use EBSCO Discovery Service to locate scholarly journal articles, newspaper articles, and ebooks. EBSCO Discovery Service draws from many full-text and article-indexing databases, as well as digital repositories from colleges, universities, research centers, and other open-access archives.
12-48 Hours
Library-to-Library Delivery (Books)
Library-to-Library Delivery is a service for Cornell patrons. Patrons can request that an item be shipped from one library to another library of their choosing for more convenient pickup. Requests are made electronically using the Library Catalog.
Library Annex Request (Books)
All circulating material housed at the Library Annex can be requested for use and delivered to a central campus library. For further instructions see the Library Annex Request Information page. For requests of scans of articles and book chapters held at the Annex, use ScanIt.
ScanIt (Articles/Chapters)
ScanIt is a service for Cornell students, faculty and staff that provides electronic scans of articles and book chapters from material held by Cornell University Library. All libraries on the Ithaca and Geneva campuses offer this service. If the article you need is from a journal to which Cornell does not currently subscribe, you may request a scan of the article via this form. Including the article’s DOI (Digital Object Identifier found in databases and references) on the form will auto-populate the request form and provide a link to an open-access version of the article, if available.
3-5 Days
Borrow Direct (Books)
Borrow Direct is a rapid book request and delivery system. It enables Cornell faculty, staff and students to search the combined library catalogs of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Duke, Princeton, Yale and Stanford — a collection of over 60 million volumes — and directly request expedited delivery of circulating items.
2-14 Days
Interlibrary Loan (Books and Articles/Chapters)
Interlibrary Loan is a service for Cornell faculty, staff and students. Interlibrary Loan allows Cornell Library users to borrow physical material and obtain scans of articles or book chapters from other libraries and universities. Use Libraries Worldwide to search for material held in institutions all over the world.
Up to 14 Days
Recall
Placing a recall on an item will send the borrower a notice that the book has been requested and must be returned sooner than the original due date. The new due date is 14 days from the date of recall. You may also place a hold for an item that is checked out, and you will receive a notification when the book has been returned.
 
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