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Library Services: Borrowing from other Libraries

A Guide To USMA Library Instruction Services

What happens if the USMA Library doesn't have the item I need?

If the USMA Library does not have the item you're looking for, it's very likely that we can order it from another library. This is called Interlibrary Loan (ILL). We have two services through which you can request materials from other libraries, and the service you use depends on the type of item you need. To the right, you'll find the services listed under the type of item - book or journal article - that you are looking for.

Although the USMA Library collection includes over 350,000 print and electronic books, and access to countless articles through our subscription databases, we also have access to the book and e-book collections of over 24 other academic libraries through ConnectNY, and to a vastly larger collection of resources, both books and journal articles, through ILLiad. See the boxes to the right, or the other tabs in this guide, to learn more!

I need a book!

When you need to borrow a book from another library, there are two services you can choose from. Start with ConnectNY; if CNY does not have the item you need, you can request it using ILLiad. There is no special sign-up required to use ConnectNY, but you must create an account in ILLiad to use that service: click here for information on how to do that.




I need a journal article!

When you need an article that is not available in full text in any of the USMA Library's databases, you must use ILLiad to order that article. For information about how to establish an ILLiad account, cllick here.