Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service through which library materials not owned or subscribed to by the Masland Library may be requested and obtained from other libraries for use by students, faculty, and staff.
The following materials can be requested through ILL.
Books – These can be borrowed, usually free of charge, in their original form or in microform. If you submit a request you will be notified by e-mail as soon as the book is received. You may pick materials up at the library front desk desk any time the library is open. Length of loan period is dependent on the policy of the lending library. It usually extends between two to four weeks. Occasionally an item may be restricted by the lending library to be read within our library.
Photocopies of periodical articles or book chapters – Copies of articles from journals that are not available at Cairn University are provided free of charge up to 20 pages. Print copies may be picked-up at the library front desk. Articles received via electronic delivery will be sent to you via your Cairn email address. You will be notified when either the print or electronic copies have been received.
Dissertations and theses – Most libraries lend dissertations and theses. However, they may choose to limit the length and location of use. For example, one week, to be read in the library. The lending library may charge for the loan.
The following items cannot be requested through ILL
Audio-visual materials – CDs, DVDs, phonorecordings, cassettes, films, filmstrips, and videos.
Rare books and Archival materials – Libraries generally do not lend rare or archival books or manuscripts.
Materials that are held by Masland Library
Interlibrary Loan isn't meant to be the main avenue of research, it is instead an enhancement to your study. The Library staff, with input from the Faculty, spend many hours selecting resources which will provide information for your research projects. However we know that as the curriculum expands and that each person has their own interests that there are times and papers which will stretch the research resources available. When that happens we want to help you write the very best paper you can with resources that are the best for your assignment. So how do you use it?