Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary Loan Request

Need a book or an article the our library does not have?

We might be able to get it for you through our Interlibrary Loan Service. We work with thousands of libraries nationwide, so you will have access to more information resources.

Some books may take a while to get – possibly a few weeks depending upon where they are coming from. This will not be useful if a book is being requested at the last minute for an assignment. Articles are delivered as PDFs and are generally received within 48 hours.

To make an Interlibrary Loan request, all we need is the exact information about the book or article you need. Remember – this service is for specific titles, not specific topics.

If you need a certain book or article and have made certain Quincy College does not own it, then fill out the appropriate Interlibrary Loan request form and we’ll do the rest.

If you need a book, fill out a Book Request Form

All we need is the title, author, and a little information about you.

If you need an article, fill out an  Article Request Form

For this we need information on the publication, the article, and in which issue the article may be found.

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Extend your search beyond the library’s resources with the Commonwealth Catalog. In one easy step, you can search through millions of items at participating libraries across Massachusetts to find the books, DVDs, and music you’re looking for. Make a request and it will be delivered right to your local library for quick pickup. You know what you want — let the Commonwealth Catalog help you get it. For additional assistance, please see the Commonwealth Catalog FAQ.



How do I get a book or article that the Quincy College Libraries don’t have?
First, check OCLN or your local public library to see if they have the material you need. You must be a Quincy College student, instructor, or staff member and a valid OCLN barcode on the back of your ID. Finally, you can request an interlibrary loan (ILL) if you find a book or article that you need from another library by filling out the appropriate request form, or by coming into the library and filling out a paper form. Please note that a total of three requests are allowed at one time.


What do I need to know about the book or article?
The more information you have, the faster you will receive your material. For a book, you should know the title, author, and year of publication; for a journal, you should know the name of the journal, title of the article, the author, volume, year, and page number(s).


How long will it take to get the book?
The average is about a week. It will depend on the type of material, the availability, the location, and its status.


How long will it take to get a journal article?
Generally you will receive a pdf of the journal article within 48 hours (week days) unless the journal title is not held by any library in the region.


How much does it cost?
This service is often free for students, staff, and instructors. If the lending library or institution charges a fee and the costs are reasonable, the Quincy College Libraries will accept the charges.


How do I get my item?
The pdf of the journal article will be sent to your email address.  For books, we will notify you by the method you have provided on the form – either by phone or email. You must then come into the library to pick it up.


How long do I get to keep ILL materials?
Any pdf is yours to keep.  For books, the lending period is determined by each lending library. You need to return the book to us in enough time for us to send it back by the due date. You will be charged $1.00 a day for every day your ILL book is overdue. You will also be responsible for additional fines if the borrowed material is lost or damaged.



Copyright: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17. United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. 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/reproduction is not to be “USED FOR ANY PURPOSES OTHER THAN PRIVATE STUDY, SCHOLARSHIP, or RESEARCH.”