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Answered By: Sarah Johnson
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Borrowing from Other Collections

If you need a book that Concordia University does not have (in print or online) and you're an on-campus or local student, we will attempt to get it for you from another library.

CU Libraries provides two methods with which to acquire materials from other libraries:

  1. Summit
  2. Interlibrary Loan


Summit is the combined online catalog of 39 academic libraries in the Pacific NW.  Current on-campus or local Concordia University students, faculty, and staff may make requests for books, videos, and CDs directly from the catalog. Items arrive without charge, usually within 5 working days.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials that are not available via the CU Libraries or Summit collections may be requested via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  CU Libraries will attempt to borrow requested materials from libraries worldwide.  ILL service is available free of charge to current Concordia University students, faculty, and staff.  Requests for print materials are usually fulfilled within 1-2 weeks.  Requests for articles are usually fulfilled via email within 3-5 days.

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Online/Distance Students

Because of the time delay in shipping print materials (books, DVDs, etc.) borrowed through Interlibrary Loan, we encourage online students who are unable to come to the Portland campus to pick up materials, to find resources at their local public or academic libraries.  CU Librarians are happy to help you locate copies near you.  We can also help you search for alternative resources that are available electronically.

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