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Overview of Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Interlibrary loan simply means borrowing materials from other libraries outside of Bethel. Usually, this means you send a request for the item to the Bethel library you use, we find another library that has it, they send it to us, and we pass it along to you for check-out. You may even be eligible to have it mailed to you. It may come from our local consortium, CLIC, or from anywhere in the world.
If it's an article you're after, Bethel libraries have millions you can access online in one of our databases. Sometimes you'll find an article title in one database, but the document (a.k.a. full-text) is really available in another database. The database with just the article title will have a link to search Bethel Libraries for the article's full-text in another database. If that doesn't work, you'll have the option to request the article. And that request will be for, you guessed it, an interlibrary loan.