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Learn how to borrow library materials from other libraries

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Have you found a book or an article you need for your paper or assignment but isn't in the Howard College Libraries collections?  That's where Interlibrary Loan (ILL) comes in.  Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the sharing of books and articles between libraries worldwide. 




Fill out the Interlibrary Loan form provided in the Online Forms box below with as much information as you can and leave the rest to us.  Remember to let us know in plenty of time because some materials may take up to 2 weeks to arrive. Loan requests will be sent to your Howard College Library and we will notify you to come pick them up.

Can't find it at HC?

You can check out books and articles from other libraries if we don't have what you're looking for.  There are 2 ways you can do this.

TexShare Card: We issue a card to you so you can check out things from participating libraries in Texas.

Interlibrary Loan: You tell us what you need and we request it for you.

Online Forms

TexShare FAQs

What kind of items can I get through TexShare?

How do I request something?

How long does it take?

How long can I keep the item?

How do I return the book?

What if I return it late or lose it?

How long does a Texshare card last?

Check one of the local libraries to see if they have what you're looking for.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What kind of items can I borrow through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Books & Articles

How do I request something?

  • Complete the Interlibrary Loan Request Form for a book or article located in the Online Forms box. Provide as much information as possible

How long does it take to get requested materials in?

  • Print items: 2-3 weeks
  • Online items may be faster

Does the item come to my house or the library?

  • Library. Library staff will contact you when it arrives

How long can I keep the item?

  • It varies on the lending library. They include that information with the item

How do I return the book?

  • Bring it back to us and we will return it for you

What if I return it late?

  • We will need to check with the lending library
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