Interlibrary Services

The Interlibrary Services Department in Olin Library provides the Interlibrary Loan and Borrow Direct services to local users, as well as libraries, institutions, and individual researchers outside Cornell. The Interlibrary Services office is located in the lower level of Olin Library.

Interlibrary Loan is a service for Cornell faculty, staff and registered students. Interlibrary Loan allows Cornell Library users to borrow physical material from other libraries and universities, as well as obtain copies of articles or chapters from titles that are not held by Cornell University Library.

Borrow Direct is a rapid book request and delivery system. It enables Cornell faculty, staff and students to search the combined library catalogs of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Duke, Princeton and Yale, a collection of over 60 million volumes, and directly request expedited delivery of circulating items.

Cornell users can also request scans from Cornell-held material via Document Delivery, using their Interlibrary Loan account.

Users from outside the Cornell community can request loans of Cornell materials or scans of articles or book chapters held in the Cornell collection. Institutions and individuals not affiliated with Cornell should see Interlibrary Lending page for details about policies and charges.

Interlibrary Services staff search and process thousands of requests each year, both to and from libraries worldwide. Cornell lends and borrows over 56,000 books requests annually within the Borrow Direct partnership. For Interlibrary Loan, from 2005 to 2015, ILS processed 177,253 borrowing requests (getting material for Cornell patrons from other institutions) and 287,228 lending requests (providing Cornell items to outside libraries). In addition to facilitating the lending of physical items, ILS scans nearly 9500 articles and chapters annually. Using ILL purchase programs, ILS has purchased nearly 900 popular or hard-to-find materials for Cornell patrons, which are then added the Cornell collection.

Contact Information

Interlibrary Services Borrowing:, (607) 255-9564

Interlibrary Services Lending:, (607) 255-5293

Interlibrary Services Staff

Caitlin Finlay, Department Head, (607) 255-5294

Joy Thomas, Borrowing Coordinator, (607) 255-9564

Annie Keville, Lending Coordinator, (607) 255-5293

Kim Laine, Borrowing Assistant, (607) 255-9564

Karen Ohlsten, Lending Asssistant, (607) 255-5293

Adrienne Cook, Lending Assistant,

Weston Tate, Lending Assistant,