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Alexander Mack Library: Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary loan service gives you access to a universe of resources

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Welcome to the Mack's interlibrary loan (ILL) website.

Quick links to online request form and FAQ/policy


While doing research, you may come across materials (journal articles or books) that we do not have in the collection. This does not mean that you cannot use those materials for your research. The library provides a service called Interlibrary Loan (ILL) that allows you to request these materials from other libraries throughout the country.

You can request a variety of resources including books, book chapters, journal articles, musical scores, government documents, technical reports, patents, law cases, conference papers, and some DVDs (particularly, documentaries and foreign films).

We hope our FAQ will answers your questions; or, email us is you need help.


Video Tutorial - Interlibrary Loan

Making ILL requests

There are 3 ways to make an Interlibrary loan request:

  1. The request button in ALEX Discovery
  2. ILL request link within EBSCO databases
  3. ILL request form link on library's main page

The idea is to give you the opportunity to make a request at the point of need, especially when searching ALEX or within the EBSCO databases.  The last option (the online form) is a catch-all for other database searches.  All 3 methods are discussed below.

Contacting a Reference Librarian

Library staff is available to help with your questions big or small.

Walk-in questions are welcome! You can find research assistance in Flory Room 110 (Cori Biddle) or 112a (Vickie Montigaud-Green)

or you can schedule a Research Consultation!

Virtual Assistance is available via 

Phone: 540-828-5642
Text: 540-318-1962

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