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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL), sometimes referred to as document delivery for articles, provides Clarkson College faculty, students and staff with access to materials outside the Library. Interlibrary Loan may be used to obtain library materials (books or articles) for individual study and research, which are not available at Clarkson’s Library, but are available from other libraries in lending networks.

Submit a Request

Requests for articles or books may be submitted by the Article Request form, Request an Article link in the database, email, or in person. When locating a specific citation within a database, follow the Request an Article link to fill out the form and submit the request. If requesting an article from other sources, be sure to include all necessary citation information. 

Please use discretion when placing an abundant number of article requests. Know the article DOI? Use DOI/PMID search. 


Click here to request an article or book 

Notification & Delivery

Journal Articles
Users will receive an email when the article arrives with the requested article attached as a PDF or, in some cases, a secure link to the article.

An email notice will be sent out when a book has arrived at the Library. Books are available for pickup during library hours. Any book in Clarkson’s catalog can be mailed through the USPS. Users are responsible for return shipping costs, and any damaged or lost books. Please note: Our Interlibrary Loan policies prohibit us from mailing books not owned by Clarkson College Library to distance learning students. 

How Long does it take?

Library Staff will place all requests during regular business hours. However, it depends on how quickly the lending library can fill the request.  Articles will be delivered in electronic format (PDF) to your Clarkson College email address.   Journal articles usually arrive in approximately 1-3 business days. However, some article requests may take up to 5 days. Books usually arrive within 7-14 days. Please note: borrowing textbooks is never guaranteed, as many libraries do not lend current textbooks.  Loan periods for books are typically 4 weeks. Please note: weekends and holidays extend delivery time. 


Copyright Statement

Clarkson College adheres to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. 

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research."  If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that use may be liable for copyright infringement.

Article delivery

Articles sent to students, faculty, and staff are sent through our secure LibGuides software. We ask that you use your Clarkson College email account to ensure direct delivery.  The articles are sent in PDF attachments or links.  After submitting a request, staff will process your request during regular business hours. You will receive an email confirming that the request has been processed and/or delivered. For any questions or problems with your articles, you may reply to the email or contact the library