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Interlibrary Loan

Use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) to borrow or purchase items not found in Vassar's collection.

What is CRL?

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of North American universities, colleges and independent research libraries. The consortium acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, scores, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. These resources are then made available to member institutions cooperatively, through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.

All materials available from CRL, irrespective of document type, may be borrowed.   The loan period for CRL materials is 3 months.  Please review the following information before making requests.

  • Search the CRL online catalog for materials.  If you can't find what you are looking for, contact a research librarian and we'll find out whether or not the material is available.  
  • Requests can be made in through:
    • ILLiad.  Please make a note on the ILL request form that you found this item at CRL and include any OCLC numbers (found at the top of the CRL record) in the OCLC Number field on the ILL request.   
  • If you're ordering multiple reels of microfilm via ILLiad, specify the date range in both the Date and Notes fields.  You'll need  to check out and return all the reels at the same time.  If you're ordering multiple reels via ConnectNY, you must order each reel separately.

If you have any questions about finding materials in CRL, ask a research librarian. Contact the Interlibrary Loan department for questions about placed orders.