For Assistance: email our reference librarian Dr. Keith Waddle or call 793-4683.
CAVEAT: There is a difference between Consortium Loans (from one of the five Consortium Libraries) and Inter-Library Loans (outside of the Consortium).
While the Library is usually considered adequate for most undergraduate needs, it is impossible for even the largest library to contain all the material needed for more sophisticated programs. To this end, the library staff, through the interlibrary loan system, is able to borrow from libraries outside of Abilene if adequate time is allowed. Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a cooperative service provided by libraries throughout the United States and is intended to be a supplement to, not a replacement for, the resources of our library and the local Consortium collections.
F. A. Q.
WHAT: Can request up to 5 articles/ books at a time that are not available in the Consortium.
WHEN: If the material needed is not available in the Library collection or other Consortium Libraries.
WHERE: For the majority of requests, materials will be requested from libraries in Texas only. Students writing their honors thesis and graduate students may request items found outside of Texas.
COST: Usually ILL's are free. If the lending library requires payment, we will contact you to let you know. If you
still want the material, you will need to pay the cost when you come to pick it up.
HOW: First contact our reference librarian, Dr. Keith Waddle, at 793-4683. Then to request an ILL, you can use WorldCat, the borrowing form embedded in Multi-Search and some of the other databases, or the ILL request forms below.
Book/Other Material Request Form
Article Request Form
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