For information on interlibrary loan policies for Cornell students, faculty, and staff see Interlibrary Loan and Borrow Direct.
The library's Interlibrary Services Lending Unit processes requests for researchers outside the Cornell community.
  • Businesses, organizations, and institutions not affiliated with Cornell University can request loans of books and scans of articles from Cornell University Library.
  • Alumni and individuals not affiliated with Cornell University may request scans of articles from Cornell University Library collections. We are unable to provide loans of materials to individuals. Loans must be requested through an interlibrary loan department at your local public or academic library.
  • Patrons affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine should contact Cornell Medicine Samuel J. Wood Library
  • Libraries and organizations that participate in networks such as WorldShare Interlibrary Loan and RapidILL should submit via those services
This service requires a one-time registration. During registration, you will be asked to choose a username and password. If you have requested material from Cornell in the past, you do not need to register. Please visit Interlibrary Loan for Non-Cornellians for lending policies and charges or email if you have questions.


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Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish an article or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the article or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, an article or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
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