Interlibrary Loan Policies & Procedures

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The Interlibrary Loan Department will process requests submitted by libraries via ILLiad, OCLC, and CDLC, ALA, IFLA forms. Such forms may be sent through the local courier service, LAND, or faxed to 518-580-5540.

Libraries without OCLC or ILLiad can expedite requests through our lending request form.

Our loan period for returnable items is four weeks, with the possibility to renew for an additional two weeks. We do not lend audio-visual materials, print periodicals, and items in our reference and special collections. We do not charge CDLC, LVIS, or existing reciprocal libraries for lent items. All other institutions will be charged $30 by invoice or IFM. For additional lending information, please contact Sandra Brown at (518) 580-5543.



The Interlibrary Loan Office obtains from other libraries and commercial suppliers, books, articles, and other materials not available in the Lucy Scribner Library. The conditions of this service are set by local agreements, the regulations of the individual lending libraries, and the national Interlibrary Loan Code.


Interlibrary Loan service is offered only to Skidmore College students, current and retired faculty, and current staff who have a Skidmore College email account. Unfortunately, this service is not available to those community members auditing classes.

Types of Material Available

The lending library determines which materials may or may not be loaned to Skidmore. The most frequently obtained materials are books and journal articles. The following items are generally unavailable:

  • Reference materials
  • Entire volumes of periodicals
  • Rare books
  • VHS & DVDs
  • CDs
  • Bulky or fragile items

In addition, many libraries do not lend microfilm/microfiche materials, dissertations, or theses.

If you need assistance in finding out whether or not Skidmore already owns an item you need, please contact the Reference Department before moving forward with an interlibrary loan request.

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