Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015     Views: 88

Access to the Virginia Tech Libraries interlibrary loan service is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff. But you  can make use of your local public library's service.

Copyright law allows libraries to lend to other libraries, so even for items we own in our collection, start the request with your local library.

You can use our open databases (Addison and Summon) to find citations for articles, books, conference proceedings, and more so you can completely fill out the interlibrary loan request form. Worldcat is also an excellent tool for searching. 

Copyright law can require payment of licensing fees for copies of articles or book chapters. While we absorb these costs for Virginia Tech users, your local library may pass them on to you, so definitely inquire about any costs to you for using their services.

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