If Temple University Libraries do not have the book or article you need, you can request it via E-ZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan (ILL). These methods can take some time, however, so plan accordingly.
If you cannot find a book in the Temple Universities catalog, try searching for it in WorldCat. WorldCat is a network that allows you to simultaneously search thousands of library catalogs worldwide to see if the book exists elsewhere. If you can't find your book on WorldCat, double-check your spelling and try a few variations. Once you do find it in WorldCat, you can use the information in the record to make an E-ZBorrow or ILL request. It's also worth checking to see if WorldCat lists an electronic version of the material; these records sometimes include links to publicly-accessible electronic versions.
E-ZBorrow is an expedited interlibrary loan service using the collections of regional libraries. E-ZBorrow is the better option for book retrieval because it’s simpler, faster, has long checkout periods, and incurs less cost for Temple. Use the E-ZBorrow link, enter your id number, and search for the book of interest, then hit the request button when you find it.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
You can use ILL to request articles as well as books, and ILL draws from an international group of libraries, so it has a much broader collection than E-ZBorrow. Users first need to register for Illiad (the ILL client) here. When filling out the form, you can use a book’s WorldCat entry to find the material's ISBN and/or OCLC number.
I made my request. What happens now?
If you requested a book, Temple University Libraries will send you an email when the book arrives. You can pick it up at Charles Library from the shelves behind the one-stop desk. If you requested an article via ILL, it will be emailed to you.
This is not intuitive. Help!
The Temple Law Library staff is happy to assist with interlibrary loans. Just stop by the Research Help Desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.