Request An Item
Borrowing Items from Libraries Outside PA
If the item you are looking for cannot be found within Pennsylvania, you can search Worldcat. WorldCat is a catalog of the holdings and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.
- Once you find a record for your item, print a copy of the record and give it to your local librarian, or write down the title, the author, and the ISSN/ISBN number that appears on the record and give this information to your librarian. The library will place the request and notify you when your item has arrived.
Please allow 2-3 weeks (if the requested interlibrary loan material is being shipped from another state).
- Costs: Although every effort will be made to obtain requested materials at no cost, any costs assessed by the lending library will be passed on to the library patron. Therefore, please be sure to indicate how much you are willing to pay for a requested item. Lending fees range from $5.00 to $20.00.
- Note: If you need assistance locating an item in one of these catalogs, a library staff member will be happy to help you.
Materials That Should Not Be Requested
Pennsylvania Interlibrary Loan Code specifies that the following types of material should not be requested:
- Best sellers
- Just-published titles
- Multiple copies of the same title
- Titles in recurring demand at the requesting library
- Titles owned locally
- Issues and volumes of periodicals and journals (requests for copies of articles are
- More than five articles from five different journal issues published within the
past five years (as stated in the CONTU Guidelines) unless a subscription to the
title has been placed or copyright royalties have been paid
- Locally-specific materials (i.e. request for a loan of a microfilm of a newspaper
from the library in the city in which it was published)
- Rare books, special collection materials, and archival materials
- Course materials, including course reserves
- Core reference materials (including encyclopedias and dictionaries)
- Licensed computer software datafiles
- Dissertations from the granting institution (unless it is known that the
institution will lend its own dissertations)