The Learning Commons


Request InterLibrary Loan


Email the library staff to request an interlibrary loan from another library.

 If an item is needed and the Learning Commons does not have a copy of it, she or he is encouraged to request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Email us at library@ctschicago.edu for any ILL requests. Please keep in mind that receiving material through Interlibrary Loan can take up to four weeks. Patrons are responsible for keeping track of when their ILL materials are due and all fines for late returns or lost materials.

One caveat to this: students who are not in the Chicago area should utilize their local public library for interlibrary loan of entire books. The reason we don’t provide ILL of physical books to students outside of the Chicago area is because the turn-around time means you may have the book for three or four days before it’s due to be returned back to us so we can return it to the lending library on time. If your local public library doesn’t offer any interlibrary loan services, and you can provide us with an email from the local librarian stating they don’t provide ILL. In those instances, we will offer you ILL book delivery away from Chicago.

Any student, in Chicago or far away, can request an interlibrary loan of a book chapter or journal article. Requests can be made the same way as book requests.


Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction

One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purchases in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.