Ask and Receive: Free, Year-round Interlibrary Loan Available for Library Patrons

It’s kind of funny how each month gets associated with ’the best time’ to obtain certain things. January has white sales and deals on fitness equipment. February, with both Valentine’s Day and President’s Day falling within the month, offers all sorts of bargains including discounts on cruises and household goods. And, for a more complete list, a search on the internet retrieves a run-down of all sorts of things associated with each of the remaining months.

However, regardless of the month, week, day, or hour a search on the MBLWHOI Library website under the heading ‘User Services’ provides a link to one of the best deals going for library card holders. It’s no secret. Interlibrary Loan is one of the greatest services available for you to ‘Request an article’ or ‘Request a book’ beyond the MBLWHOI Library’s own amazing collection. And, pssst…….it’s offered at no charge to you.

This isn’t an ‘inventory sale’, discount or BOGO offering. There’s no catch or gimmick. Library staff, working behind the scenes on both the borrowing and lending side, fulfill made-to-order requests. These are customized based on your specific citations at a time when you decide it’s needed. How great is that!

If you haven’t tried MBLWHOI Library’s ILL services yet, we think you’ll be pleased. Set up a user profile first at http://ill.mblwhoilibrary.org/illiad/ Contact ill@mbl.edu if you have questions or need assistance getting started.

Image Source: Dafne Cholet, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

By Nancy Stafford