Interlibrary Loan & HELIN


Phillips Memorial Library is a member of the HELIN Library Consortium, which also includes the libraries at Community College of Rhode Island, Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, and Wheaton College. Books held at HELIN libraries can be requested directly through Phillips Memorial Library’s online catalog. HELIN books usually arrive within 2-3 business days and an email notification will be sent when they are ready to be picked up. The loan period for HELIN books is 30 days and they can be renewed online through “My Account” on the library homepage or by contacting the circulation desk (401.865.1993 or

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service through which books and other materials can be obtained from libraries outside the HELIN Consortium. PC faculty, students, and staff who have library accounts in good standing can request materials through ILL.

Materials that can be requested through ILL include books, audiobooks, films, and microfilm. Digital copies of book chapters and journal articles can be requested as well. Please note that ebooks cannot be requested through ILL.

ILL copies (of articles and book chapters) are usually delivered via e-mail within 3-5 business days. ILL loans (books and other physical materials) usually take 2-3 weeks to arrive and an email notification will be sent when they are ready to be picked up. If you have questions about the status of a request, please contact

The library adheres to the due dates and restrictions set by the lending library. Renewals for ILL materials can only be requested at

Charges for HELIN or interlibrary loan items may be transferred to your Phillips Memorial Library and/or bursar account.

How to Request Materials Through ILL

If you are searching the online catalog and locate a book or article that is not held at Phillips Memorial Library or a library within the HELIN consortium, you can select the “Request through Interlibrary Loan” button. Complete the form and hit “Submit Request.”

If you cannot find the book or article in the catalog, please enter your request using one of the following forms below. You can also request chapter copies which arrive more quickly than book loans, but copyright limits us to one chapter copy request per book.
Request Article

Request Book Loan/Chapter Copy

Lending Information & Restrictions

Phillips Memorial Library lends items to patrons at other non-HELIN institutions through interlibrary loan. Most books in our main circulating collection are available for interlibrary loan. Archives & Special Collections materials, 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.