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Library Research Guide

Interlibrary Loan Overview

In the course of your research, you will probably discover articles and books that are not immediately available to you either because K-State Libraries do not own them or because they are currently checked out. When this happens, chances are very good that you can still get these items by requesting them through Interlibrary Loan. Every K-State Student has an Interlibrary Loan account. The first time you login to that account with your eID and password you will be prompted to provide contact information to finish setting up the account.

Essential facts about our Interlibrary Loan Service:

  • K-State Libraries will pay the cost of obtaining these items
  • Typical Delivery Times:
    • 2-5 days for PDFs (articles, etc.)
    • 3-10 days for other material (Note from March 16, 2020 - May 16, 2020 we will not be able to obtain physical resources from other libraries).
  • PDFs are delivered to your Interlibrary Loan account
  • You will receive an e-mail when your item is available

Using Get It to Place Interlibrary Loan Requests

If you use one of our databases that is powered by Get It (most of them are), you will see a Get It button whenever the database tells you about a resource but that specific database does not have the full item. 

Example: Stroop Test in Spanish: Children's norms

PsycInfo's brief view of the record for Stroop test in Spanish Children's norms.

If the Get It button reveals that the item is not available online, you can request the item by clicking "Request from Interlibrary Loan."

Interlibrary loan request autofilled with information about the article Stroop Test in Spanish: Children's Norms