If the book I need is not available in the consortium, should I request interlibrary loan or submit a book purchase request?
First, be sure to double check to make sure that neither we nor any other school in the Consortium owns a copy of the book, or your request will bounce.
We highly recommend placing an Interlibrary Loan request for the material because we will be able to get it for you faster and more reliably. If it is something you're needing urgently for class or research, ILL is the best way to go, and you can always contact us if you have any special instructions for us: 202-885-3260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, if you believe our library should really own a copy of the book (especially if the book is pretty new or possibly not yet released on Amazon) and you're not in a hurry to receive it, then we encourage you to submit a purchase request.