Books: BorrowDirect & Interlibrary Loan

  1. If the library owns the title, but another patron has borrowed it (it's "checked out'), you can use the Request item button to request a copy from another library via BorrowDirect/Interlibrary Loan.

  2. If the library doesn't have a title you're looking for, follow the link to search for your titles in "Libraries Worldwide." Then, use Interlibrary Loan or BorrowDirect to request it from another library.
    Try searching Libraries Worldwide

*Note: If the item is not available from BorrowDirect, it will be re-directed to Interlibrary Loan. Turnaround time may be somewhat longer (1-2 weeks).

Recommend a Purchase

You can also ask the library to buy material you think we should have! Recommend a Purchase.

Articles and other materials

If the library doesn't have the journal that contains an article you are looking for, you can request a scan of the article via Interlibrary Loan.

From a library database, or from Google Scholar, check to see if we have the article by clicking the "Get it! Cornell" link. If you don't find the article, you can ask for assistance (sometimes the journal will be here, in hardcopy!), or submit a request.

In addition, if a book isn't available via BorrowDirect, the library will broaden the search to borrow through Interlibrary Loan.