Answered By: James Spring (Library Services Unit)
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2015     Views: 9

A good question! Interlibrary Loan staff at UMD Libraries can only request books once other libraries make them available for loan. Generally, new books take some time before many libraries purchase and catalog them. Many libraries put restrictions on new books that prevent them from circulating through ILL when they initially arrive. We have found that, generally, 1-2 months after a book is released there will be enough possible lenders that an ILL request will be successful. That being said, you can check for copies at BIG10 schools as they become available using the UBorrow search. Access UBorrow instructions here

Another option is to suggest that UMD's Libraries purchase the material by using this form or by speaking with the subject specialist for you field.

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ILL Staff
University of Maryland Libraries

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