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Interlibrary Loan

How to access interlibrary loan materials through Pratt Institute Libraries.


Who may use Pratt ILL services?

Pratt faculty, students and staff in good library standing* may use ILL. All other patron types (Alumni, Friends of the Libraries, and Visiting Researchers) are not eligible for this service and should contact their local public library for assistance.

*Note: Anyone with a pattern of overdue/lost ILL items may not use ILL services.

How long will it take?

Copy requests for journal articles and book chapters typically take 3-7 business days. 

How many items can I request?

You may submit 10 ILL requests per week.

How are items delivered?

All journals articles and book chapters will be delivered via email.

What can I request through ILL?

Only journal articles and book chapters can be requested at this time.

How do I use ILL?

1. Search the title on the Discover search at to be sure the Pratt Libraries does not own the item. To request a journal article or book chapter from a title Pratt owns, use the Request a PDF service.

2. After you are sure the item is not currently available at  the Pratt Libraries, you can submit an ILL request via the online ILL form or through WorldCat.

3. Library staff will review your request and identify potential libraries to request the item from. If a lender is identified, you will receive an email with the requested PDF.

Do I need to choose which library the ILL will come from?

No. Library staff will contact several libraries and find a lender for your requested item.

Will it cost me to use ILL?

There is no cost to the patron to request ILL items but late fines and fees for damaged or lost books are the responsibility of the borrower. Please note that ILL requests cost the library up $25; therefore patrons should be judicious in making requests.



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