Answered By: Jessica Maris
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 171

Interlibrary loan basically involves COM Library requesting materials from other libraries. Keep in mind that ILLs can take 2-6 weeks. It can take longer depending on availability and other factors, and there is no guarantee that you will get the item requested.  There is no cost to the patron. If the only way to obtain an item is for a fee, COM Library will contact you to inform you of the cost, and ask how you wish to proceed.  I

Often, a faster way to acquire books from other libraries is through the TexShare program.  COM students, faculty and staff are eligible for the TexShare card which entitles the user to certain borrower privileges at other Texas academic and public libraries. To see if a library participates in the program, and to read their lending policy, please view the list at the libraries and catalogs link.

See the Find & Get Items From Other Libraries LibGuide (link below) for more information.

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