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Interlibrary Loan

This guide will explain what Interlibrary loan (ILL) is and how you can use ILL to request materials not owned by Purdue Libraries

Library Search and ILL

If you find something in Library Search that you need, but we don't have access to, you can request it via Interlibrary Loan!

Library Search

Select "Books and Media" tab to limit to Purdue owned books and media.

Library Search

What is it?

Library Search is a platform that aggregates a large percentage of the library’s electronic and print resources, making them all searchable at the same time from one central location. The purpose of Library Search is to streamline your research process.  Instead of having to go to different search interfaces to search for books and individual databases to search for articles, you can start your searching with the Library Search platform.

What does it include?

Library Search includes local print materials, electronic journals, books, and article citations from many of the databases the library subscribes, the Institutional Repository, as well as, our Digital and Data Collections. When you search using Library Search, you will find books, articles, images, datasets, graphs, charts, and many more different resource types.

Does it include everything the library owns?

While Library Search does find a large percentage of articles and resources the library subscribes to and is a good place to start your search, Library Search does not search all databases that Purdue subscribes to. For example, it does not include database content that has not been provided to the central index due to Publisher or Database Vendor restrictions.  If you have questions about what subject-specific database might be good to also search, you can check the Subject selector on the top right of the Databases A-Z page.

Where do I go for more help?

Purdue University Librarians are here to help you with your research. For searching and reference questions, please use the Ask a Librarian reference service where you have many options for receiving assistance.

cylindrical venn diagram of what kind of results will be returned when searching the online library catalog