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Our Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) provides access to materials held at other libraries outside of Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin.

Using Colby’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Before you can use ILL you need to create your ILL account. To do this on the Colby library web page, go to ‘My Accounts‘  in the menu bar, and select “My ILLiad Account” from the menu. Fill out all the fields and submit! Contact the Interlibrary Loan staff if you need help:

When searching Colby’s library website and databases, you may find a bibliographic record for resources like books or articles that we don’t have in our physical collection or direct access to the full text of the article.

Getting Full Text For An Article

  • When you come across an article that we don’t have full text to, you’ll get a message that looks like this


  • When you click the hyperlink REQUEST FROM ANOTHER LIBRARY a new browser window will open that takes you to our interlibrary loan service, if you’ve signed up for ILL some information is automatically pulled in from the citation you found. Fill in the date you need it by and SUBMIT!

Submit your request, and our Colby library staff will attempt to locate this article for you. For most articles, you can expect to receive an email notification that your article has arrived within about 2 business days! The article (PDF) can be downloaded from your ILL account.


Access a Book or Physical Object

  • When you find a record for a book or other physical object that another library has and you want to borrow. Simply log into your ILL account and click on the BOOK link (Place a new request) and fill out the required fields and submit. Books take much longer to get based upon where it is. Additionally, the pandemic has made sharing physical resources difficult so email us at AskUs!
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Accessing Your Accounts

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Getting Help

For questions regarding interlibrary loan, please contact us at [email protected]

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