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GEO3200: Cultural Geography: ILL & Copy Services

Interlibrary Loan & Article Copy Tutorial

What is Interlibrary Loan?

As you become engaged in your research, you may uncover books and articles not available at the Cheng Library.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service provided by the library, where we obtain, whenever possible, materials not available in our collection, for educational and research purposes. This can include, but is not limited to, books, journal articles, documents, and audio-visual materials, although there are some exceptions (textbooks, archival material, etc.).  Materials are obtained from other libraries, both in this country and throughout the world.

Turnaround time is generally quite fast, with most articles requests being filled within a few days, and books within a few weeks.

For more information, visit the Interlibrary Loan & Article Service link on the library homepage.  A tutorial and instructions are available, if needed.

Article Copy Service

As you conduct your research, you may come across articles that are not available online, but are owned by the library in another format (print, fiche, film).

Use the Article Request Form to have us scan and email these articles to your University email, usually within 48 hours!

Reciprocal Borrowing

The Cheng Library has made arrangements with other libraries in NJ, that allow you to borrow materials directly from those institutions.

  • PALS Plus offers reciprocal borrowing among public libraries in Passaic County.
  • VALENJ (Virtual Academic Library Environment of NJ) offers a variety or services to college students at participating NJ colleges and universities.

Learn more about participating libraries and policies.