If the library doesn't have a title you're looking for, or we have it but another patron has borrowed it (it's "checked out'), you can use BorrowDirect to request it from another library in the BorrowDirect system. Turnaround time is 3-5 days.

If the title you need is checked out by another patron:

Look for the Request item button in library catalog records.

*Note: The Request scan of article/chapter link is mostly for books or journals held at the Library Annex. You can also request a free scan if you are studying abroad of if you have a disability. In most cases, if the book or journal is available in an on-campus library, you need to go to the library to retrieve the item from the stacks yourself.

If the library doesn't own a copy

If the library doesn't own a copy of a title you need, look for the link to Request from Libraries Worldwide.  If a copy is available via BorrowDirect, it will arrive in 3-5 days. If a copy is not available from our BorrowDirect partners, it will be requested via Interlibrary Loan. This generally takes about a week, but it can be longer for difficult-to-find material.

Interlibrary Loan

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.