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Interlibrary Loan

Request a Digital Copy of an Article or Book Chapter from Another Library

Step One

  • Search for your item in OneSearch, the library online catalog.
  • If the item does not come up in your search in OneSearch, click on expand your search at the top of the page:


  • Or expand your search from Everything (Saybrook Library materials) to Beyond My Library (Interlibrary Loan):


Step Two

  • Locate the item and click on Get it for me from other libraries:


  • If not already signed in, Sign in using your Saybrook email address and password.
  • Once signed in, click on the Get a digital copy icon:


  • Click GET IT.
  • Complete the Request Form and click Send.


Step Three

  • Monitor your email: articles and chapters will arrive in your inbox within a few hours to a few days.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Can I use the Interlibrary Loan service?
  • A:  Currently registered and active students, faculty, and staff are able to utilize Interlibrary Loan.
  • Q: Why did I receive a cancellation notice for my request?
  • A: Possible reasons include: our lending partners do not own the item; the lending partner may have policy restrictions preventing lending; the item requested was a physical item rather than a digital item.
  • Q: What can I request? 
  • A: Please refer to the table below:
     We Can Request We Cannot Request
    • Journal articles
    • Magazine articles
    • Dissertations
    • A Single Book Chapter*
    • Books or eBooks
    • Whole Journal Issues
    • Streaming Videos
    • More than One Book Chapter**


    * For both physical and electronic books ** This is due to copyright restrictions 


Important Note Regarding Interlibrary Loan Availability

While the majority of requests are successful, it is very important to keep in mind that submitting a request does not guarantee that it will be filled.

Reasons you may receive an unfilled notification:

  • Our lending partners do not own the item
  • Our lending partners may have policy restrictions that prevent lending the copy 
  • We are not able to fulfill physical item requests and your requested item is a physical item

If you feel you have received an unfilled message by mistake or if you have questions, please contact the library.

For more information, view the PDF guide to using Interlibrary Loan below: