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How long does Interlibrary Loan usually take?

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The time for Interlibrary Loan varies, and it depends if you are requesting a print item or an electronic article. If a library in the area has the source, we can usually get it quickly (sometimes in a few days). If a library in the Worcester area has the source, you can even go right to that library to check out a book or use a resource because you have borrowing privileges at other Worcester area libraries. Electronic materials sometimes arrive within a day or two, because they are scanned and sent electronically. When planning your research, we recommend you give yourself at least 1 week for Interlibrary Loan materials to arrive. 

You can check the status of your requests any time by logging into your ILLiad account

 You can view a quick video introduction to Interlibrary Loan here:   HC Libs Survival Guides #3: Making the Most of Interlibrary Loan