When books, microfilm, audiovisual materials and periodical articles are not available via the Minuteman Library Network Catalog, these materials may be available via either the Virtual Catalog (try this option first) or then the Interlibrary Loan system.
1. Virtual Catalog:
Try your search here:
Simultaneously search the catalogs of
9 Massachusetts Library Networks and
5 academic libraries for a specific author or title.
Then search the Virtual Catalog for the material you are looking for. Once you find the item you are looking for in this catalog there is an online request process which you can complete.
Note: If requested items go unfilled in the Virtual Catalog the Newton ILL librarians will automatically continue to look for the items in the Interlibrary Loan alternative.
2. Interlibrary Loan (ILL)Materials not available from non-Minuteman or Virtual Catalog Libraries may be obtained after you submit an Interlibrary Loan Request.
You may do this in person at the Reference Desk, by telephone at (617) 796-1380, or by filling out the online request form available here**
When using the online Interlibrary Loan request form, fill out as much information as possible about the item you want. Your request will be processed by the Interlibrary Loan Department. If there are questions about your request, you will be contacted by telephone or by email. Please allow at least 2 weeks for receipt of books or media items. Articles usually arrive within a few days. You will be contacted as soon as the item you requested has arrived. If we are unable to obtain the item you requested, you will also be notified. For any question regarding your request, call the Reference Department at (617) 796-1380.