Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is available to supplement Gann Library resources by providing material from outside of Hebrew College for patrons' research needs. It includes the lending of books as well as the electronic delivery of journal articles via email. Items requested could take up to two or three weeks to arrive. Hebrew College interlibrary loan is limited to Judaica material or research required for Hebrew College classes or faculty.

Partner Institutions

Hebrew College faculty and students may borrow material directly from the following institutions:

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Interlibrary Loan Services FAQ

Who may use ILL?
ILL service is available to current students, faculty, staff, and all Gann Library members in good standing. Hebrew College Online students may request articles, but not books, due to the time it takes to ship them; articles can usually be delivered to patrons electronically. We recommend that you attempt to obtain ILL resources from local public and academic libraries.

What type of material can be requested through ILL?
Material can include (but is not limited to) books, articles (including encyclopedia articles), videos and microfilm.

How do I place a request?
Before submitting a request, please check the Hebrew College online catalog as well as the card catalog to confirm that the item is not held here. If you are unable to search the card catalog, you can call the Gann Library directly at 617-559-8750 or email To order material, you must fill out an ILL request form for each item. A patron may request up to five ILL books and 10 ILL articles at one time.

Is there a fee for this service?
While priority is given to borrowing materials from libraries that do not charge, occasionally an extra charge is involved, which is passed on to the patron. Please indicate on the form the maximum you are willing to pay when additional charges become an issue. In addition, be aware that fines are assessed on overdue ILL books, and replacement costs charged when books are lost.

How soon will my material arrive?
All items requested through ILL are processed as quickly as possible; however, the wait time depends on the lending institution's response rate.

How will I know when my material has arrived?
You will be notified by email or by phone. You may then pick the item up at the circulation desk or, if the item is delivered to us electronically, we can transfer it to you electronically as an email attachment.

How long can I keep the material? May I renew it?
Loan periods are generally four weeks, and renewals are granted at the discretion of the lending institution. A slip informing you of the due date will be inserted with each item. If you wish to renew, please contact the library's front desk at 617-559-8750 or

If a book is returned late, are there late fees?
It is very important that material borrowed through ILL is promptly returned so that we have time to return it to the lending institution. If material is not returned on time, an overdue fee of $1 per day, per item, will be charged to all borrowers.

Whom may I contact with questions?
Please contact the library's front desk at 617-559-8750 or


Please note: This form is used to request books or articles through interlibrary loan without cost.  If that is not possible, we will have to ask the patron to pay the access fee. Required fields are in bold.

Patron Information:



(Examples are databases like FirstSearch, RAMBI or a specific journal article or book.)