Journal articles tend to arrive quicker, usually in 1-3 business days.
Some of our databases provide full-text articles (indicated by a PDF or HTML link after the citation). Others only show you the titles of articles. For these, click Article Linker to find out whether we own the journal in print and/or online. Note the year of the journal article and make sure we own the year you need!
You may set up your Interlibrary Loan account here:
This works the same way for articles too!
Books, articles, chapters of books, essays, videos, and more.
Generally speaking, for books 3-10 business days and for articles, 1-3 days.
This will depend on how the business days run for the ordering period, or allowing for shipment for physical items coming from a distance.
Each lending institution decides what the borrowing period is on an item. Renewals are often not an option.
If you've received an electronic item, there is no need to return or notify us.
If you are returning a book from ILL and you live in MA, you can drop the item off at any library and it will be returned to us (provided the ILL paper sleeve is intact).
If you live outside of MA and need to return a book, you need to use your local post office or FEDEx service to return the item at your cost to:
Emmanuel d'Alzon Library
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609