About Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) lets students, faculty, and staff request materials from other libraries.

  • Most ILL items are obtained free of charge.
  • Physical materials (books, media, etc.) average 5 - 7 business days for arrival.
  • Electronic materials (articles, chapters, etc.) average 2 - 3 business days for arrival.

Learn more about interlibrary loan.

You Can Request:

  • Books
    Including those listed as "Lost," "Missing," or "Checked Out."
    • Note about textbooks: These requests often go unfilled as texts may be in use for courses at other institutions.
  • Journal articles and book chapters
    In compliance with U.S. Copyright Law.
    • Electronic delivery of articles and chapters from other libraries
    • Scans (pdf) of articles and chapters that Penfield owns only in print, microfilm, or microfiche.
  • Media materials
    Blu-ray, DVDs, CDs, etc.
  • Music scores
  • Microfilm and microfiche
  • Theses and dissertations

Not Requestable:

  • Materials owned by Penfield that are non-circulating. For example:
    • Electronic resources
    • Technology including iPads, cameras, etc.
    • Course reserves
    • Reference materials
    • Special Collections materials

How Does ILL Work?

If you find something in a library database but Penfield doesn't have access, you can request that item through interlibrary loan.

New Users

If you've never used ILL before, login and register first.

Placing Requests

In most library databases, just look for the links that say

  • "Request through interlibrary loan," or
  • "Borrow from another library."

The system will fill out the ILL request form for you.

Didn't find it through a library database? You can also login and enter requests manually.

Contact ILL

You can reach Penfield Library's Interlibrary Loan Office here:


Resource Sharing
SUNY Oswego - Penfield Library
7060 State Route 104
Oswego, NY 13126-3514

Info for other borrowing libraries

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