Can I request a book that the library doesn't have?

Can the library get a copy of an article that isn't full-text? What is InterLibrary Loan?


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InterLibrary Loan

Edmonds College Library offers InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service to students, faculty, and staff. We can request physical books that the Edmonds College Library does not own, as well as PDF scans of articles from other libraries that are not full-text in our library databases. ILL requests for books can take up to two weeks to arrive, so make sure to start the process as soon as possible. You can place a request by finding the item in WorldCat/OCLC search and then clicking the ILL button.

Before placing a request, it is a good idea to Submit a Question with your desired item so that an Edmonds College Librarian can ensure that we do not have access to the item and assist with the request as necessary.

Please note: We are unable to request textbooks for Edmonds College courses through InterLibrary Loan. There are limits on the number of articles we can request from a given publication. If requests cannot be filled, you will be contacted. Each quarter, there will be a request cutoff  date to ensure that items can be acquired before the end of the quarter. For Fall 2023, the book cutoff date is 11/17 and the article cutoff date is 11/29. Please get all interlibrary loan requests in before those dates.

Purchase Request

Edmonds College Library accepts requests to purchase materials from students, faculty, and staff. Suggestions will be evaluated by Edmonds College Librarians. If a recommended title is purchased, the person who requested it will be informed via email. Suggestions can be made by filling out the Book Purchase Suggestion Form.  

Please note: textbooks required for courses at Edmonds College cannot be requested for purchase. See the Textbooks FAQ for more information about getting textbooks.

  • Last Updated Nov 15, 2023
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  • Answered By Haley Benjamins

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