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Interlibrary Loan Services

Any current Providence College student, faculty or staff who is a library borrower in good standing may request materials through interlibrary loan. Requests require from one day to one month to fill, depending upon various factors. In most cases there is no charge to the patron.


The Phillips Memorial Library is now using WorldCat Discovery, which makes placing an interlibrary loan easy.

If you are searching in WorldCat Discovery and locate a book or article that is not owned by the Phillips Memorial Library or a library within the HELIN consortium, you can select the “Request that PC try to get this item via Interlibrary Loan” button. Complete the form (most of the information will already be filled in) and hit “Submit Request.”

If you know the title of your book or article but do not want to search for it first, you can complete a Request Form directly.

You will be notified when the item arrives or contacted if we need more information or are unable to obtain a copy for you. You can track the progress of your requests by logging into your account.

Borrowing Restrictions

The interlibrary loan staff reserve the right to limit the number of requests that will be processed in one day. Please prioritize your requests.

The Phillips Memorial Library is obligated to respect the restrictions and due dates of the lending library.

Lending Information and Restrictions

The Phillips Memorial Library lends items to patrons at other, non-HELIN institutions only through interlibrary loan. Any books in our main circulating collection are available for interlibrary loan at no charge. Special Collections material, DVDs and other media, and articles from online journals with license restrictions are not available for interlibrary loan.


The interlibrary loan staff will comply with federal and state laws, guidelines, and regulations pertaining to interlibrary loan, including the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, 2016. The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.