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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:

The Phillips Memorial Library is now using WorldCat Discovery, which makes placing an interlibrary loan easy. 

Search for your book in WorldCat Discovery either through the library home page or at the following link:

If the item is available at another HELIN library or at another library WorldWide, press the "Request Item" button under Availability/Holdings. Fill out the form as completely as possible.  We will notify you when the material arrives.

Procedure for Journal Articles:

Check the Library Catalog or Publication 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, you should see a "Request This Item" button, which will take you directly to placing an interlibrary loan. You can also use this Article Request Form, if the citation is located outside the library databases. Fill out either 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.