July 7, 2020 Update:
We have resumed requesting physical items from other libraries. Please be aware that many libraries are still not open and so it may take longer to get books and others may not be obtainable until more libraries are open.
Interlibrary loan books may be picked up using our contact-free curbside pick up service at either 10 am or 3 pm Monday through Friday. When you receive the email that your ILL book is available, please respond to the email with which day and time you will pick it up. We are not currently able to deliver ILL or Moon Library books through our Campus Delivery service to faculty, staff, and graduate student offices. All books must be picked up at this time.
March 18, 2020 Update:
Due to the evolving circumstances of covid-19, our network of lending libraries has significantly decreased, and continues to become smaller. At this time, we are unable to fulfill all borrowing requests. We are deeply sorry for the inconveniences(s) that request cancelations may cause for you. Updates for the college can be found at https://www.esf.edu/coronavirus/.
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March 13, 2020:
The interlibrary loan office at Moon Library is committed to continuing to provide materials to those on or off campus. For the most part, it's "business as usual," but here are some important notes:
Welcome! Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a supplementary service provided in cooperation with libraries around the world to help the ESF campus community obtain materials needed for research and study that are not available at Moon Library. ILL service is available to current faculty, staff, and students of the College of Environmental Science and Foresty.
Books and theses are borrowed from lending libraries and individual journal articles are scanned and sent electronically from lending libraries. While most materials can be obtained, few libraries will lend whole periodicals, reference books, textbooks, media materials, rare books, or current publications (i.e. published in the last year). The speed with which requests get filled varies greatly, depending on the type and rarity of material requested, where it is located geographically, and the form in which it is supplied.
Please use the tabs above to navigate this guide. Please see the attached PDF for complete interlibrary loan polices.
Books and Media:
Changes to ILLiad login and improvements to interlibrary loan
No changes to Illiad login will occur during the semester. Staff at Moon Library are working on improvements to our Interlibrary Loan service. One of these being a move to single authentication much like you see when using Primo (library discovery) and other campus and SUNY services. This should make using interlibrary loan easier for everyone as users will not have to create and remember another log in as has been the practice for many years, and it will facilitate integrating interlibrary loan into our library management system.
In order to implement this improvement, we are working to clean up our interlibrary loan database to generally only include transactions from the last five years and to remove any users with no transactions or activity within the last five years. This new authentication may not have a particular visible effect on most users, however those users who have created unique ILL usernames will have to switch to their ESF ID information once this is completed. We will do our best to minimize impact on users, and hope that this will in fact improve your experience with interlibrary loan. We will provide more information as the project progresses and as always please reach out with questions.