Are you and your students taking advantage of Evergreen’s updated Interlibrary Loan process?

Evergreen student Sophia Borgen studies in front of the Cappy Thompson stained glass windows in the library on the morning of Oct. 30, 2020.

The library has updated their Interlibrary Loan search technology, and now it is easier than ever to search the catalog.

Read the message from Ahniaw Ferrari below

Hello from the library!

We hope the summer has been treating you well and isn’t speeding by for you too quickly. Where did the time go!?

Library search technology is changing in ways intended to lower barriers for students. In the past, Interlibrary Loan/ILL required the researcher to take extra steps; moving forward, those requests take place within our catalog.

So how do you create an interlibrary loan (ILL) request?

1.      Start with a search in our catalog. The new system is designed to encourage you to search so that you can determine if we have access before an interlibrary loan request is made.

2.      If you don’t see what you want in your initial search, you will see an option to “expand your search” just above your search results. You can click that to jump out to a search that looks for articles and expanded holdings from our interlibrary loan partner libraries.

3.      If you still aren’t seeing what you want, you will now see an option above the search results: “Still didn’t find what you need? Send a request” – this will let you fill out a blank ILL form.

4.      Too confusing? We made a video to help! Check it out here:

It’s new for us, too!

We’re adjusting to this change as well, but we’re optimistic that it will start to feel natural before you know it, and that we will continue to be able to fill the majority of requests that come our way.

Thanks for your patience and understanding, and please feel free to reach out directly if you have any questions or feedback!

Ahniwa D. Ferrari (he/him)
Associate Dean of Library Operations
The Evergreen State College | 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW | Olympia, WA 98505 | p. 360-867-6288 | f. 360-867-6790

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