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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 has borrowing agreements with other institutions for items not in our collections. We explore every option to acquire materials, but, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee success.

Before submitting an interlibrary loan request, please check Library Search to determine whether or not the item is owned by the Gannett-Tripp Library. If the item is not held by Elmira College, click on the title in the search results list. A window will appear from the right side of the screen that will contain a "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button that will direct you to a request form. This form will already include the item's data, and will require you to fill in your personal information--then, submit. NB: Interlibrary Loan does not retain a history of individual patron requests. 

In the event that the "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button does not appear, or for any other questions, contact Katy Galvin:; (607) 735-1862. Alternatively, use the Gannett-Tripp Library Interlibrary Loan Request form, or pick up a paper ILL form at the Library Services Desk.

After the requested item has been received, you will receive an email message from

Those using this service for the first time are encouraged to review the ILL policies and procedures on this page. 

Interlibrary Loan Policies and Procedures

Who may borrow through Interlibrary Loan? Interlibrary Loan services are available only to current Elmira College students, faculty, administrators and staff.

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? Materials are borrowed 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 you will be notified 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. Take note of the due date when you pick up your materials. It is very important to have ILL materials back to us on or before the due date. Our relationship with lending institutions depends on our reputation for reliability and impacts future ILL transactions. Fines for overdue ILL materials are $1.00 a day. You will be responsible for replacement charges for lost items at the amount determined by the lending institution.

What if I need to keep it longer? If we are given sufficient notice, it is often possible to renew ILL items. This is at the discretion of the institution from which we borrowed the item. 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? The system will not allow the form to be submitted without the minimum of information needed to complete the transaction, however, it will help us to expedite your request if you take care to fill in the forms as completely as possible. Incomplete or inaccurate information may cause your request to be delayed or returned to you for clarification.