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Interlibrary Loan Services

​Nature of the Interlibrary Loan Service:

Requests require from one day to one month to fill, depending upon various factors. In most cases there is no charge to the patron.

Eligible Borrowers:

Any current Providence College student, faculty or staff who is a library borrower in good standing may request materials through interlibrary loan. Please check with the Circulation Department to become a library borrower.

Procedure for Books:

Check the HELIN online catalog to see if the Phillips Memorial Library or any other HELIN library owns the title you need.

If the material is available only at another HELIN library, press the "request" button at the top of the screen. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate a HELIN loan.

If no HELIN library owns the material, or if its status is anything other than "available," please use the Book Request Form. Fill out the form as completely as possible. We will notify you when the material arrives.

Procedure for Journal Articles:

Check the HELIN online catalog or Journal Finder to see if the Phillips Memorial Library owns the journal title and date you need.

If the library does not own the title or the date, please use the ​​Article Request Form. Fill out the form as completely as possible. We will email the article to you when it arrives, unless you instruct us otherwise.

Number of requests:

The interlibrary loan staff reserve the right to limit the number of requests that will be processed in one day. Please prioritize your requests.


The interlibrary loan staff will comply with federal and state laws, guidelines, and regulations pertaining to interlibrary loan, including the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, 1993. The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.