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Research Guide

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the process through which you can borrow books, articles, and other materials from a library you are not affiliated with. For instance, if the Columbia College Chicago Library does not have a copy of a book you need you can request that book from a another library, like SAIC or UIC. 

At Columbia, we primarily use two systems for ILL: 

  • I-Share for books (sorry, ebooks are not available for lending through ILL)
  • Tipasa for articles and book chapters

For more information on the two systems and links to access them, visit the Interlibrary Loan page of the library website. 


How to Use Interlibrary Loan: I-Share and Tipasa

Get books via I-Share Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Recorded September 2020, 3 minutes.


Get articles through Tipasa Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Recorded July 2019, 2 minutes.