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SPN501: Senior Seminar : Books Beyond the SSU Collection

Interlibrary Loan

What if you find the perfect book, and it's not in the NOBLE catalog? You don't need to admit defeat or buy the book yourself, because there is interlibrary loan! Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that will locate the book you want in another library and bring it to Salem State for you to pick up and use. Fill out the Interlibrary Loan Requests: Books form to get the process started.

A few important things to note about ILL:

  • It's not immediate, so don't rely on it at the last minute. Plan ahead!
  • Textbooks cannot be requested, and other limits may apply.

More about interlibrary loan policies and procedures.

Search Google Books

Cast a wide net with Google Books. Many items may be available only as a preview.


Search the catalogs of many libraries all at once with Worldcat. If you're not on campus or nearby, you can reset the ZIP code on the results page to show library holdings closest to your location.

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

WorldCat is an excellent source for the information you need to fill out an Interlibrary Loan Requests: Books form.

Navigating the Universe of Library Resources

Farther Afield: Other Libraries

One of the nation's great research libraries, the Boston Public Library is a mere 17 miles from Salem State. Anyone who lives or works in Massachusetts is eligible for a BPL card, which provides access to more than 20 million items. You can also sign up for an e-card online.

The greater Boston area is home to dozens of colleges and universities--and therefore also a huge number of academic libraries. Many of those will allow members of the public to walk in and use library resources on-site (without checking items out). It's usually a good idea to call the library before committing to travel there, to make sure that you'll be able to enter and that the materials you want to see are available.