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Services: Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is when we request articles and books for you from other libraries. 

How it works:

For articles:

1.  When a database doesn't offer the full text of the article, click Request this item through interlibrary loanto fill in the request form. 

2.  Or email the article citation along with your name, email and student ID number.  (Click on "cite" in the database to get the full citation of the article to copy and paste in your email).  

For books and other materials

First check if your book is available in Prospector; if so, request it.  If we or they don't have it, Email the complete citation of the item to along with your name and student ID number. 

Note: ILL books are picked up at the main campus library; we do not ship books.

How quick will my interlibrary loan come?

table of lending times for Interlibrary Loans



Articles can come in pretty quick, sometimes within the hour, but this is completely dependent on the lending library. Articles can also take up to 2 weeks or never come at all. You will be emailed the link to the article directly as soon as it becomes available. 

Books and other physical materials

Physical materials take time to transport to the Clifton Fowler Library in Lakewood, CO. This transportation can take as long as a week or more.

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1. Interlibrary Loans are processed Monday – Friday only.
2. Articles can take from one hour to a couple of weeks to arrive.
3. We try to get all articles but can’t guarantee them (for varying reasons).
4. ILL is free for you; the library bears the cost and staff time; please submit truly desired articles.

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