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How to use Colombo ILL

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

Choose Advanced Search


Type the book or journal title in quotes

Type the title in quotes


From the Current Profile menu, select Suggested Verification Sources.

Choose current profile


Click the Search button

Search button


On the results screen, click "Get it".

Click Get It!


If you are requesting a book, select a Pickup Location from the menu.

Choose a pickup location


If you are requesting a journal article or book chapter, fill in the Part Details section of the request form.

Enter part details


Click on the Request button. A confirmation message will display.

Click the Request button

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.

Choose Create Request


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