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HIST2580: Asian American Experience: 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!

Book Chapters

Book Chapters

If you find a book in our collection that you need, but only need certain sections, you can request that we scan a chapter or two for you, instead of making the trip to campus.

Some books in our Books & Media search will include a Contents section, with the different chapters listed (example).  But, in cases where this is not available, you can use services like Amazon or WorldCat.org to find chapter information!

Once you have the name of the chapter you need, sign in using the Interlibrary Loan & Article Copy link on our website and complete a Book Chapter request!

Not finding what you need, or need help requesting a Book Chapter?  Contact us!

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.