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DON'T LET A PAYWALL STIFLE YOUR RESEARCH.  Interlibrary loan services are available for both articles and books! Use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form online.

About Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

The GTL can borrow books and articles that we don't have from other libraries. We can find almost anything, but there are no guarantees.

  • First, plan ahead. It takes a day or two to get an article, but several days for a print book.
  • Check Library Search to determine whether or not the item is owned by the Gannett-Tripp Library.
  • If not, you might see a button that says "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" that will direct you to a request form. 
  • Fill in your personal information.
  • Or, fill in a the online Gannett-Tripp Library Interlibrary Loan Request form.
  • Or, pick up a paper ILL form at the Library Services Desk.
  • You'll receive an email message from
  • Questions? Contact Katy Galvin:; (607) 735-1862.

Interlibrary Loan Policies and Procedures

Who may borrow through Interlibrary Loan? Only current EC students, faculty, administrators and staff can use Interlibrary Loan services.

What if I have a question about a request or renewal?  Direct questions to Katy Galvin ( at (607) 735-1868.

How long does it take? Routine requests typically take from one day to one week but may take longer due to the variables inherent in the borrowing process. To avoid frustration try to plan ahead and allow three weeks for requests to be filled.

Where is it coming from? We borrow materials from a very large network of cooperating institutions. 

How will I know when my materials arrive? In the case of articles and other copied materials, a copy will be sent to you as an e-mail attachment or a photocopy will be mailed to the address you provide on the request form. For books and other items we will notify you via email when they are ready for pickup at the Library Services Desk.

How long can I have it? Copied materials are yours to keep. For borrowed items, each lending institution sets its own loan rule. The due date is on the card in the borrowed material. It is very important to return ILL materials on or before the due date so that we can maintain a good borrowing/lending relationship with other libraries. 

What if I need to keep it longer? If we are given sufficient notice, it is often possible to renew ILL items at the discretion of the lending library. Notify us four days before the due date and we will try to obtain a renewal.

What if I don't have all of the information asked for on the form? You can't submit the electronic form without required information. Please fill in the forms as completely as possible.