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Sharing the Wealth
One of the basic principles of the library is that we share. We collect information and share it with you, and we share it with other libraries. The whole IU library system shares materials with each other, and that sharing even extends beyond IU. If there is something you want, and we don't own it here in the IU library system, but some other library outside IU does own it, we can still borrow it. We call this interlibrary loan, or ILL.
The thing about ILL is that it takes time. An ILL request can take a week, or it can take longer. The speed with which ILL materials are sent depend on a number of factors. This is one of the many reasons why it is so important to begin your research early. You need to build in time to allow for ILL materials to be sent to you, if needed. Don't wait until the last minute!
Interlibrary Loan at IUS
If there is an item you want, and our library doesn't own it, you can request that we borrow it from another library. Find out more information about ILL here.
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Use WorldCat to see which library closest to you owns a copy of the book you need, just type in your zip code on the results page, and remember that the Metroversity libraries will issue you a library card when you present your Crimson Card (University of Louisville, Bellarmine, Spalding, JCTC, and the seminaries).