McGill students and faculty may order articles and books that are not owned by the McGill Library using the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL) called Colombo. Creating an ILL request can be done in three different ways. For instructions, please choose one of the following methods:
Most Convenient Method
The most convenient method for placing an ILL request is to click or when you see either in any database or in the library catalogue. Log in using your McGill username and password. The citation information will automatically transfer into the ILL request form.
Next Most Reliable Method
The next most reliable method to place an ILL request is by searching within the Colombo ILL system.
To log in to Colombo, go to http://www.mcgill.ca/library/services/otherloans/interlibrary and click on
Choose Advanced Search
Type the book or journal title in quotes
From the Current Profile menu, select Suggested Verification Sources.
Click the Search button
On the results screen, click "Get it".
If you are requesting a book, select a Pickup Location from the menu.
If you are requesting a journal article or book chapter, fill in the Part Details section of the request form.
Click on the Request button. A confirmation message will display.
Last Resort Method
If you do not succeed in placing your request using one of the other methods, you may and choose Create Request to fill in a blank form.