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Programs + Services

ILL Procedures

Placing a request

If the Library does not own the item you need, and you cannot find it at the Babson or Wellesley College libraries, you can request it via Inter-Library Loan (ILL). We submit these requests to libraries across the country, who then loan the item to us on your behalf. Books, journal articles and book chapters are the most commonly requested items. You can also request DVDs, CDs, and anything else that a library is willing to loan!

Turnaround Time

We can't estimate or expedite delivery time. Generally, delivery ranges from 5-14 days for physical items (books, DVDs, etc.,) and 2-10 days for electronic items (single articles, book chapters).


When your item arrives, we'll email you to let you know, and provide you with the due date. Pick up and return physical items from Maggie's office (purple wall, Reading Room-adjacent).

Renewing an ILL

Submit renewal requests 1-2 weeks before the item's due date by emailing We can't guarantee renewals, as each library's policy is different. Be prepared to return items by the due date. We can always request it again from a second library. If you feel your item should be in the Olin Library collection, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss purchasing it.

Electronic Delivery

Journal articles and book chapters may be emailed to you, depending on the copyright and publisher policy. Otherwise, we will notify you that your printed article is available for pickup in Maggie's office. Full ebooks cannot be ILL'd due to copyright restrictions.

Submit an ILL Request