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Interlibrary Loan

If you need an item that is unavailable at Northeastern, we will try to borrow it for you from another library.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Who may use interlibrary loan at Snell Library?
Interlibrary loan is available to the following users at Northeastern:

  • Currently enrolled students
  • Faculty (including emeriti and visiting scholars)
  • Staff

If you are affiliated with the Law School, please contact the Law Library. For alumni, friends, and guests, please contact your public library or home institution.


Do I have to pay for interlibrary loan?
No, interlibrary loan is a free service. However, in the event that an item is damaged or lost while on loan to you, you are responsible for any fees or costs that are levied by the lending library.


How do I renew an interlibrary loan item?
You can submit a renewal request by logging into your ILLiad account. Click the transaction number of the item that you want to renew and then the Renew Request link. Renewals are granted at the discretion of the lending library.


Can I share my interlibrary loan PDFs with others?
No, interlibrary loan items are for your personal, non-commercial use only. For more information, see Copyright and Interlibrary Loan.


How can I borrow materials in person from local area libraries?
See "Using Other Libraries."


Information on obtaining dissertations and theses
If you are not affiliated with Northeastern and need access to a dissertation or thesis that was written after 2008, most are available online in the Digital Repository Service. For access to older documents or other archival materials, please contact the Archives and Special Collections department.


Help and Contact

Citation help and verification:
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Interlibrary loan policies and procedures:

Email: ill [at]
Tel: (617) 373-8276

Mailing address:
Northeastern University Libraries
Resource Sharing, 260 Snell Library
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm