Can I request material through interlibrary loan that Princeton owns?
Normally interlibrary loan service is for material that is not available at the Princeton University Library, but exceptions are made in some cases.
- Items temporarily missing or unavailable: If the material you need is missing from its shelf location, please ask the staff at the circulation desk to conduct a search for you. Staff will search for the item and if it is not found, will mark it missing in the Library’s catalog. Once it is updated to "missing" status in the catalog, you may request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
- Items at the Bindery: If the material you need has been sent out for binding or is for some other reason temporarily unavailable, please submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request and tell us the status of Princeton’s copy (e.g., Princeton’s copy being bound).
- Items held in non-circulating collections: Normally we will not accept a request for an item held by Princeton in a non-circulating collection. If you have unusual circumstances that makes this type of restricted use difficult for you, please speak with a member of the Resource Sharing - Interlibrary Services staff and we will determine if a loan is feasible. (Often the item is also in a restricted collection at other libraries and cannot be obtained on interlibrary loan.)
- Items held in micro-formats: Normally we will not accept a request for any item held by Princeton in micro-format. If you have unusual circumstances that make this format difficult for you, please speak with a member of the Resource Sharing - Interlibrary Services staff and we will determine if a loan is feasible.
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